Morin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Morin was spawned from the landscape of northern France known as Normandy during the Middle Ages. It comes from the popular Old French given name Maurice.

Early Origins of the Morin family

The surname Morin was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has held a family seat from ancient times.

The most unusual descendant of this family was Simon Morin, a visionary, who proclaimed himself as the Son of God and as a result was burned alive in 1663. Several essays were written on him. Two other well known members were Etienne (1625-1700), who was an Orientalist and a Calvinist minister, and Abbot Louis Morin (1636-1715), who was a respected physician and botanist, and a member of the Academy of the Sciences.

Pierre Morin was born in Normandy in 1639. He came to New France and married Marie Martin at Port-Royal, Acadia in 1661. They eventually settled in Beaubassin, Quebec, where Pierre died in 1690. Pierre and Marie had at least twelve children together that carried on the family name of Morin. [1]

Early History of the Morin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morin research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1484, 1499, 1630, 1591, 1659, 1591, 1659, 1583, 1656, 1642, 1702, 1677 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Morin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morin Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Morin include Morin, Morins, Morrin, Morrins, Morain, Morains, Morrain, Morrains, Maurin, Maurrin, Maurain, Maurrain, Moren, Morren, Morein, Morrein, de Morin and many more.

Early Notables of the Morin family (pre 1700)

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United States Morin migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Morin surname were

Morin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniell Morin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [2]
  • Miles Morin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [2]
  • Mary Jamain Morin, who settled in New York City in 1692
Morin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martial Morin, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Charles Morin, who landed in America in 1796 [2]
Morin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Morin, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [2]
  • James Morin, aged 50, who arrived in America in 1822 [2]
  • James Morin, aged 22. settled in New York City in 1822
  • Luce Morin, who settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • Patrick Morin, who landed in Maryland in 1840 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Morin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Noel Morin, son of Claude and Jeanne, who married Hélène Des Portes, daughter of Pierre and Françoise, in Quebec on 9th January 1640 [3]
  • Mr. Pierre Morin, (b. 1616), aged 26, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 7th April 1642 [4]
  • Mr. Jean Morin, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 9th April 1642 [4]
  • Mr. Jean Morin, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 1st April 1643 [4]
  • Jacques Morin, son of Michel and Renée, who married Louise Garnier, daughter of Charles and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 19th September 1661 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Morin, son of Alphonse and Marie-Madeleine,, who married Agnès Bouchard, daughter of Nicolas and Anne, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 17th November 1701 [3]
  • Denis Morin, son of Pierre and Françoise, who married Madeleine Boulet, daughter of Jacques and Françoise, in Quebec on 20th November 1718 [3]
  • Augustin Morin, son of François and Catherine, who married Charlotte Langlois, daughter of Joseph and Louise, in Saint-Thomas, Quebec on 15th November 1723 [3]
  • Antoine Morin, son of Pierre and Françoise, who married Marguerite Dagneau, daughter of Jacques and Louise, in Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Quebec on 25th October 1734 [3]
  • Antoine Morin, son of Pierre and Marie-Françoise, who married Marie-Anne Pellerin, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Anne, in Islet, Quebec on 19th April 1746 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Morin migration to Australia +

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

Morin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ambroise Morin, (b. 1786), aged 22, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 21st March 1807, sentenced for life, transported aboard the ship "Admiral Gambier, Eolus" on 2nd July 1808 to New South Wales, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Morin (post 1700) +

  • W. A. Morin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1900 [6]
  • Stella Morin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1948 [6]
  • Robert J. Morin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1960 [6]
  • Richard W. Morin, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Paris, 1932 [6]
  • Philias J. Morin, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County (3rd), 1931-32 [6]
  • John Mary Morin (1868-1942), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1913-29 [6]
  • Henry L. Morin, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 59th District, 1923-28 [6]
  • Jerome A. Morin, American Republican politician, Mayor of Biddeford, Maine, 1932-33 [6]
  • Gerard L. Morin, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire, 1953-55; Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, 1954 [6]
  • Eugene D. Morin, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County, 1919-20 [6]
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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