Morningstar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name is derived from the Middle German words "morgen" meaning "morning" and "stern" meaning "star." Combined the name means "one who lived at the sign of the morning star."
Early Origins of the Morningstar family
The surname Morningstar was first found in Anhalt, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The family became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, in which each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The name is derived from the Middle German words "morgen" meaning "morning" and "stern" meaning "star." Combined the name means "one who lived at the sign of the morning star."
Important Dates for the Morningstar family
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Morningstar Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Morningstar include Morgenstern, Morgensterner and others.
Early Notables of the Morningstar family (pre 1700)
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Morningstar migration to the United States
Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Morningstar were
Morningstar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Morningstar, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1738 
Morningstar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Daniel Morningstar, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 
Contemporary Notables of the name Morningstar (post 1700)
- Darren Morningstar (b. 1969), retired American professional basketball player
- Richard L. Morningstar (b. 1945), Special Envoy of the United States Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy
- Chip Morningstar, American author, developer, programmer and designer of software systems
- Fred L. Morningstar, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Oakland County 1st District, 1961
- Edward W. Morningstar, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 13th District, 1942, 1944
- Sally Morningstar, English Wiccan High Priestess and the author of at least twenty-six books on magic
- Dale Morningstar, Canadian rock musician and recording engineer and producer
- Erica Rachelle Morningstar (b. 1989), Canadian swimmer
- ^ 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)