Morissey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Morissey has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Morissey is O Muirgheasa, which is derived from the words muir, meaning sea, and geas, meaning action.

Early Origins of the Morissey family

The surname Morissey was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland.

Important Dates for the Morissey family

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Morissey Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Morissey revealed many variations, including Morrissey, O'Morrissey and others.

Early Notables of the Morissey family (pre 1700)

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Morissey migration to Canada

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Morissey or a variant listed above, including:

Morissey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Morissey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Edward Morissey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Miss. Ellen Morissey, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Alert" departing 5th June 1847 from Waterford, Ireland; the ship arrived on 15th July 1847 but she died on board [1]
  • Mr. William Morissey, aged 21 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Vanilla" departing 28th May 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 11th July 1847 but he died on board [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Morissey (post 1700)

  • Herbert Morissey, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909 [2]


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 90)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from
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