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The majestic country of France is the ancestral homeland of the distinguished surname Morice.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Morice was originally derived from the early Christian given name Mauritius, which itself comes from the Phoenician word mauharim, meaning eastern.

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The surname Morice was first found in Guyenne, where the family was anciently seated.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Morise, Morisse, Morice, Maurice, Maurisse, Moriset, Morriset, Morisette, Morrisette, Morisset, Morrisset, Morissette, Morrissette, Mauricet, Morisot, Morissot, Maurissot, Morison, Morisson and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morice research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1592, 1661, 1756, 1767, 1821, 1841, and 1895 are included under the topic Early Morice History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morice Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Morice landed in America in 1654

Morice Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Philip Morice, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Marguerite Morice, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Morice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Morice, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • H. Morice, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Swansea, 1862-66
  • Professor Peter Beaumont Morice,
  • Tara Morice, Australian actress, singer, and dancer
  • Sir William Morice (1628-1690), 1st Baronet, English royalist statesman


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  2. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  5. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
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The Morice Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morice 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.

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