Morell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Morell reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Morell family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Morell is based on the medieval given name Morel. The name was originally derived from the name More or Moore a nickname for a someone of dark complexion. This name stems from the Old French word Moor, meaning black man.

Early Origins of the Morell family

The surname Morell was first found in Northumberland where one of the first records of the name was found at North Middleton, a township, in the parish of Hartburn. "This place, which was also called MiddletonMorell, from an ancient proprietor named Morell, was afterwards divided among various proprietors." [1]

Important Dates for the Morell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morell research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1704, 1795, 1839, 1788 and 1880 are included under the topic Early Morell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morell Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Morell has been recorded under many different variations, including Morrell, Morel, Morrel, Morrall, Morrill, Murrill and others.

Early Notables of the Morell family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Morrill (Morrel/Morrills/Morill) (c. 1620-1704), birth name of Mary Folger, English-born indentured servant in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, grandmother of Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin...
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Morell migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Morells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Morell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Morell, who landed in New England in 1623 [2]
  • Daniell Morell, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [2]
Morell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Morell, who landed in Georgia in 1733 [2]
  • Pierre Rodolph Morell, who arrived in Georgia in 1733 [2]
  • Matthieu Morell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770 [2]
  • David Lewis Morell, who settled in Philadelphia in 1799
Morell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Antonio Morell, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [2]
  • Leslie Morell, aged 27, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Leonardo Morell, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1844 [2]
  • Jose Morell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Esteban Morell, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Morell (post 1700)

  • George W. Morell (1815-1883), American civil engineer, lawyer, farmer, and a Union general in the American Civil War
  • Wilbert Morell (b. 1954), American Engineer
  • William Morell, English writer
  • Peter Andreas Amundsen Morell (1868-1948), Norwegian Minister of Social Affairs
  • Michael Morell, Associate Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • John Daniel Morell (1816-1891), British educationalist
  • Curdin Morell (b. 1963), Swiss Olympic bobsledder
  • André Morell (1909-1978), British actor
  • Abelardo Morell (b. 1948), Boston-based photographer
  • A Morell, Actress, Theatre, Films, Radio and Television

Historic Events for the Morell family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Goldiana Gerogina Morell, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from
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