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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Morphett as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in the place called Moffatt, in Scotland. The place-name is derived from the Gaelic words magh and fada, which mean field and long. Hence, the surname Morphett means, from the long field.

Morphett Early Origins



The surname Morphett was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, at Annandale where the first on record was Nicholas de Mufet who began his life as a simple cleric and was first recorded as witness to a charter by Walter, bishop of Glasgow, some time before 1232. Approximately twenty years later, in 1250, he was made Archdeacon of Theuidale and eventually, in 1268, he was made Bishop of Glasgow. After only two years of holding the position of bishop, he died, in the year 1270.

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Morphett Spelling Variations


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Morphett Spelling Variations



Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Morphett has been spelled Moffatt, Maffat, Maffett, Maffet, Moffat, Moffet, Moffett, Moffert, Moffertt, Moffit, Moffitt, Merphet, Merphett, Merfet, Merfett, Murphat, Murphatt, Murphet, Murphett, Muffat, Muffatt, Muffett, Muffet, Muffit and many more.

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Morphett Early History


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Morphett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morphett research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1348, 1467, 1553, 1604, 1553, 1604, 1795, 1883, 1815 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Morphett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morphett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morphett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Muffet (also Moufet, Mouffet, or Moffet) (1553-1604), an English naturalist and physician, best known for his Puritan beliefs, his study of insects in regard to medicine; and Robert Moffat (1795-1883). Starting off as a gardener, he decided to become a missionary...

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

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Morphett In Ireland


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Morphett In Ireland



Some of the Morphett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 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 were:

Morphett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Morphett, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  • George Morphett, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • Richard Morphett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Taglioni" in 1842 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAGLIONI 1842. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1842Taglioni.gif
  • George Morphett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Enmore" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ENMORE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Enmore.gif
  • George Morphett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morphett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morphett (post 1700)



  • Andrew Kenneth "Drew" Morphett OAM (1948-2017), Australian sports broadcaster
  • Tony Morphett (b. 1938), Australian two-time Logie Award winning screenwriter from Granville, New South Wales
  • Sir John Morphett (1809-1892), English-born, Australian pioneer arriving at Kangaroo Island in 1836 and rose to become a prominent landowner and politician

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Morphett Historic Events


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Morphett Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Merton James Morphett (1921-1941), Australian Cook (S) from Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAGLIONI 1842. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1842Taglioni.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ENMORE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Enmore.gif
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  6. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

Other References

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  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Morphett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morphett 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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