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Where did the German Morningstar family come from? What is the German Morningstar family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morningstar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morningstar family history?

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."


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.

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."


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morningstar research. Another 288 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1768, 1789, 1836, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Morningstar History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 44 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morningstar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • Chip Morningstar, American author, developer, programmer and designer of software systems
  • Richard L. Morningstar (b. 1945), Special Envoy of the United States Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy
  • Darren Morningstar (b. 1969), retired American professional basketball player
  • Erica Rachelle Morningstar (b. 1989), Canadian swimmer
  • Dale Morningstar, Canadian rock musician and recording engineer and producer
  • Sally Morningstar, English Wiccan High Priestess and the author of at least twenty-six books on magic


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The Morningstar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morningstar 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.

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