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Morhouse is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Morhouse family lived in Lancashire. The name Morhouse was a local name meaning the dweller at the house on the moor. It derives from the Old English elements mor, meaning marsh or fen, and hus, meaning house.

Morhouse Early Origins



The surname Morhouse was first found in Lancashire where conjecturally they were descended from Roger de Poictou, a Norman Baron who was granted lands in southern Lancashire by Duke William of Normandy, his liege lord, for his noble assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Morhouse Spelling Variations


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Morhouse Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Morhouse are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Morhouse include Moorhouse, Moorehouse, Morehouse, Morhouse and many more.

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Morhouse Early History


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Morhouse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morhouse research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1300, and 1330 are included under the topic Early Morhouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morhouse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morhouse Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Morhouse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Morhouse, or a variant listed above: Stephen Moorhouse arrived in New York in 1774; William Moorhouse arrived in Philadelphia in 1849; and another William arrived there in 1868; Oliver Moorhouse arrived in Philadelphia in 1874.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morhouse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morhouse (post 1700)



  • L. Judson Morhouse, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Essex County, 1946-51; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956, 1960; New York Republican State Chair, 1958

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    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Morhouse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morhouse 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 25 January 2016 at 14:21.

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