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Where did the Scottish Morey family come from? What is the Scottish Morey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morey family history?

Today's generation of the Morey family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Morey lived in the county of Moray in the northeast of Scotland, but some historians describe the Clan's forbears as originally Flemish, some as Lowland Scots. More enlightened research places them as descendents of MacAngus de Moravia, who was descended from King Duncan of Scotland and who was the first Earl of Murray.

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Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Morey has appeared Murray, Murrey, Moray, Morey, Morrey, Morry, Murry and many more.

First found in Moray, where the Clan founder, Freskin, received a grant of the lands of Strathbrock in 1100 AD. He was descended from the first Earl, and his grandson, William, married the heiress of the Bothwell Clan in Lanarkshire. His sons founded many other houses, including the Murrays of Tullibardine, who later became the Dukes of Atholl, and Chiefs of the Clan. At the same time, an early branch in the north had given origin to the Earls of Sutherland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morey research. Another 1191 words(85 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1170, 1100, 1255, 1297, 1320, 1333, 1360, 1629, 1703, 1446, 1586, 1598, 1598, 1715, 1745, 1765, 1608, 1673, 1660, 1724, 1600, 1655, 1631, 1703, 1640, 1650, 1716, 1691, 1701, 1663, 1719, 1710, 1715, 1663, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Morey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 243 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Morey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Morey:

Morey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Roger Morey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • George Morey, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Nicholas Morey, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Morey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Morey, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Samuel Morey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Godfrey Morey, who arrived in Arkansas in 1889
  • Anna Morey, aged 62, who settled in America from Ireland, in 1892
  • Jose Morey, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1898

Morey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Bartholomew Morey, aged 35, who landed in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1911
  • Arthur Harry Morey, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1920
  • Albert Morey, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921

Morey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Morey, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Linsford Morey, who landed in Canada in 1829

Morey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Morey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840
  • Charles Morey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1850
  • Josiah Morey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1850
  • Jane Morey, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • William Morey, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"


Morey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Henry Morey, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Emily Morey, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • William Morey, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

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  • Samuel Morey (1762-1843), American inventor
  • David Beale Morey (1889-1986), American football and baseball player
  • Walter "Walt" Morey (1907-1992), American author of children's fiction
  • Robert Willis Morey Jr. (b. 1936), American Olympic gold medalist rower at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Sean Joseph Morey (b. 1976), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Frank Morey (1840-1890), U.S. Representative from Louisiana
  • Eve Morey (b. 1983), Australian actress


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tout PrÍt
Motto Translation: Quite ready.

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The Morey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 15 January 2014 at 14:06.

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