The surname Morphew was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.
Early History of the Morphew family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morphew research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1720, 1709, 1716 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Morphew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Morphew Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Morfin, Morffin, Morfee, Maufee, Morfyn, Murfyn and others.
Early Notables of the Morphew family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Morphew (died 1720), an English publisher of most of Jonathan Swift's works. He was known as one who was not afraid of publishing questionable works. In 1709 Morphew was arrested by the government, with John Barber, and the... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morphew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
^ 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)
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