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The English surname Moriss comes from the place name St. Maurice, Normandy where N. de St. Maurice was listed in the Magn. Rotul. of Normandie (1180-1195.) This personal name is in turn derived from the Latin name Mauritius, which comes from maurus, meaning " a moor."

Moriss Early Origins



The surname Moriss was first found in Herefordshire. Early records there show Isabell, John and Margeries Morice in England c. 1272. The same census shows William filius Maurici in Huntingdon, Richard filius Maurycii in Cambridge and Peter filius Maurice in Lincoln county. The surname may also be a nickname for someone who was "swarthy" as shown by the Robert le Mareys reference in 1274.

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Moriss Spelling Variations


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Moriss Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.

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Moriss Early History


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Moriss Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moriss research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1308, 1314, 1297, 1678, 1654, 1721, 1682, 1703, 1704 and are included under the topic Early Moriss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moriss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moriss Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moriss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moriss In Ireland


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Moriss In Ireland



Some of the Moriss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Morris (d. 1672), who, after serving in Oliver Cromwell's army, became a merchant in Barbados, emigrated to New York City (Dutch New Amsterdam) where he purchased a tract of land in what is now the Bronx, starting a line of prominent American landowners and statesmen. Other settlers of the name include Humphrey Morris, on record in Barbados in 1635.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Moriss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moriss 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 13 November 2013 at 14:12.

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