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Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Morison. It comes from the name Maurice. This comes from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means dark. Numerous legends exist for the origins of this great Scottish Clan. One old tale holds that the Clan's Norse forbears were shipwrecked off the Isle of Lewis, and saved themselves by clinging to driftwood; hence the Clan Plant badge is driftwood. Another branch claims descent from the O'Muircheasain bards of the outer Hebrides. This latter legend is not inconsistent with a possible shipwreck of the Norsemen, as many of the bardic missionaries from Ireland were of Norse descent. Others claim the Clan is descended from King Somerled, King of the Isles, who died in 1164. Again, this is compatible with history, as Somerled was descended from the Norse Kings of Ireland and gave origin to many of the more notable Scottish Clans.

Morison Early Origins



The surname Morison was first found in on the Isle of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Ledhas), where the first Clan chiefs once held the hereditary office of Judges or Brieves of Lewis. They also had their stronghold in the Tigh Mor' or 'big house,' which was near Habost in Ness on the extreme northern tip of Lewis. Their claim of descent from King Somerled is also substantiated by their descent through Ceadhain Mac Mhuirich. A Chief of a junior branch of the Donalds, he was descended from Somerled, and through Gillemoire, a brother of Leod (progenitor of the MacLeods) - both were royal princes of the Norse Empire of the Isle of Man and the Hebrides.

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Morison Spelling Variations


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Morison Spelling Variations



Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Morison has appeared Morrison, Morison, Morieson and many more.

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Morison Early History


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Morison Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morison research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1950, 1893, 1961, 1620, 1683, 1660, 1790 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Morison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morison Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morison Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Robert Morison (1620-1683), a Scottish botanist and taxonomist; and Ruaraidh ('Roderick') Morrison; born in 1660, he is remembered as An Clarair Dall, 'the blind harper', and held the highest place of honor for players of the clarsach. His ballads and poetry still survive...

Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morison In Ireland


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Morison In Ireland



Some of the Morison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Morison family came to North America quite early:

Morison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Morison, who landed in New England in 1718
  • Halbert Morison, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Martha Morison, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • David Morison, who landed in New England in 1719-1730
  • Samuel Morison, who landed in New England in 1723
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Morison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Malcom Morison, aged 50, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
  • Simon Morison, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830
  • Thomas Morison, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1841
  • James Morison, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842

Morison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cathn Morison, aged 22, landed in Canada in 1812-1814
  • Matthew Morison, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Hugh Morison, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Ann Morison, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Andrew Morison, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Morison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Morison arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848

Morison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R. Morison arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morison (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morison (post 1700)



  • Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976), American historian and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Patricia Morison (b. 1915), American stage and film actress and mezzo-soprano singer, best known for her leading role in the original production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate
  • Roderick Morison, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Sullivan County, 1879
  • Frank P. Morison, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State Senate 10th District, 1921-22
  • William Morison (1843-1937), Scottish Presbyterian minister, writer and biographer
  • Mathew Morison, Scottish founder of Morison & Co., cabinet-makers and upholsterers in Ayr, Scotland c.1808
  • Hector Morison (1850-1939), Scottish stockbroker and Liberal Party politician, Member of Parliament for Hackney South (1912-1918)
  • Mary Morison (1771-1791), generally believed to be the "lovely Mary Morison", whom the poet Robert Burns admired as a girl of sixteen
  • Sir Thomas Brash Morison (1868-1945), Scottish politician and judge, Solicitor General for Scotland (1913-1920)
  • James Morison (1816-1893), Scottish clergyman
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dun eistein
Motto Translation: Castle Eistein.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Morison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morison 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 23 November 2016 at 15:55.

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