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,
Early Origins of the Morhouse family
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.
Early History of the Morhouse family
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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.
Early Notables of the Morhouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Morhouse family to the New World and Oceana
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
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.
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html