Morey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Morey family

The surname Morey was 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. Andrew Moray (died 1297) also known as Andrew de Moray, Andrew of Moray, or Andrew Murray, was prominent in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

He led the rising in north Scotland in the summer of 1297 against the occupation by King Edward I of England. He was mortally wounded in the fighting at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

Early History of the Morey family

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Morey Spelling Variations

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, MacMhuirich (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the Morey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Robert Moray (Murrey, Murray) (1608-1673), a Scottish soldier, statesman, diplomat, judge, spy, freemason and natural philosopher; John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl, KT, PC (1660-1724) was a Scottish nobleman, Knight of the Thistle, politician, and soldier; William Murray, 1st Earl of Dysart (c. 1600-1655), the childhood whipping boy of Charles I of England and later an...
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Ireland Migration of the Morey family to Ireland

Some of the Morey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Morey migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • George Morey, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Nicholas Morey, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Morey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Morey, who landed in New York in 1822 [1]
  • Samuel Morey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Godfrey Morey, who arrived in Arkansas in 1889 [1]
  • Anna Morey, aged 62, who settled in America from Ireland, in 1892
  • Jose Morey, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1898 [1]
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 immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1920
  • Albert Morey, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921

Canada Morey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Morey, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Linsford Morey, who landed in Canada in 1829
  • Mr. Patrick Morey who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Pursuit" departing 4th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 23rd June 1847 but he died on board [2]
  • Mr. William Morey, (b. 1822), aged 33, English settler, from Isle of Wight, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [3]
  • Mrs. Morey, (b. 1820), aged 35, English settler, from Isle of Wight, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [3]

Australia Morey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Morey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Morey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [4]
  • Charles Morey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1850 [5]
  • Josiah Morey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1850 [5]
  • Jane Morey, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [6]
  • William Morey, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Morey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Morey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alfred H Morey, (b. 1828), aged 30, English smith and engineer from London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [7]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Morey, (b. 1831), aged 27, English settler from London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [7]
  • Mr. Alfred Morey, (b. 1849), aged 9, English settler from London travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [7]
  • Mr. Edward Morey, (b. 1823), aged 35, English bricklayer from England travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [7]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Morey, (b. 1824), aged 34, English settler from England travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Morey (post 1700) +

  • Frank Morey (1840-1890), U.S. Representative from Louisiana
  • Sean Joseph Morey (b. 1976), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Robert Willis Morey Jr. (b. 1936), American Olympic gold medalist rower at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Walter "Walt" Morey (1907-1992), American author of children's fiction
  • David Beale Morey (1889-1986), American football and baseball player
  • Samuel Morey (1762-1843), American inventor
  • Jaime García Morey (1942-2015), Spanish singer at the Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 1972
  • Eve Morey (b. 1983), Australian actress
  • Harry Morey Callahan (1912-1999), American photographer
  • Frank Morey Coffin (1919-2009), American Democrat politician, Maine Democratic State Chair, 1954-56; U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 1957-61; Candidate for Governor of Maine, 1960 [8]

HMS Royal Oak
  • Francis John Marsh Morey (1914-1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]


The Morey Motto +

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 Prêt
Motto Translation: Quite ready.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 90)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MIDLOTHIAN 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Midlothian.gif
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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