The ancestors of the Morfitt family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Morfitt is a name for someone who lived in the place called Moffatt, in Scotland
. The place-name is derived from the Gaelic words magh
which mean field
Hence, the surname Morfitt means, from the long field.
Early Origins of the Morfitt family
The surname Morfitt was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, at Annandale
where the first on record was Nicholas de Mufet who began his life as a simple cleric and was first recorded as witness to a charter by Walter, bishop of Glasgow, some time before 1232. Approximately twenty years later, in 1250, he was made Archdeacon of Theuidale and eventually, in 1268, he was made Bishop of Glasgow. After only two years of holding the position of bishop, he died, in the year 1270.
Early History of the Morfitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morfitt research.Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1348, 1467, 1553, 1604, 1553, 1604, 1795, 1883, 1815 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Morfitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Morfitt Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland
. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations
are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Morfitt has been spelled Moffatt, Maffat, Maffett, Maffet, Moffat, Moffet, Moffett, Moffert, Moffertt, Moffit, Moffitt, Merphet, Merphett, Merfet, Merfett, Murphat, Murphatt, Murphet, Murphett, Muffat, Muffatt, Muffett, Muffet, Muffit and many more.
Early Notables of the Morfitt family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Muffet (also Moufet, Mouffet, or Moffet) (1553-1604), an English naturalist and physician, best known for his Puritan beliefs, his study of insects in regard to medicine; and Robert Moffat (1795-1883). Starting off as a gardener, he decided to become a missionary... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morfitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Morfitt family to Ireland
Some of the Morfitt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Morfitt family to the New World and Oceana
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:
Morfitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Elizabeth Morfitt, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1922
- Thomas Morfitt, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1922
- Violet L. Morfitt, aged 28, who landed in America from Harrow Middlesex, England, in 1923
- James B. Morfitt, aged 36, who settled in America from Harrow Middlesex, England, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Morfitt (post 1700)
- John William "Jack" Morfitt (1908-1973), English professional footballer
- Darren Morfitt (b. 1973), English actor
- Robert Morfitt, Canadian musician from Vancouver, British Columbia
- Samuel "Sammy" Morfitt (1869-1954), English rugby union footballer of the 1890s