Origins Available: Irish, Welsh
Welsh surname comes from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means dark. In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form. The surname Morris was likely also assumed as a surname after being a nickname for a dark or swarthy person.
Early Origins of the Moris family
Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Moris family
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Moris Spelling Variations
Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Moris have included Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.
Early Notables of the Moris family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Moris family to Ireland
Some of the Moris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Moris family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Moris:
Moris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Moris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Moris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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