Morphew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Morphew family

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

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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...
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United States Morphew migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morphew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Michaell Morphew, who landed in Virginia in 1641 [1]
  • James Morphew, who arrived in Maryland in 1648 [1]
  • Bryan Morphew, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [1]
  • Edward Morphew, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [1]

Australia Morphew migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Morphew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Morphew, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 20th April 1826, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Morphew (post 1700) +

  • Seth Morphew, American politician, vice-mayor of May City, Iowa
  • Melissa Morphew (b. 1963), American award-winning contemporary poet from Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
  • T. A. Morphew, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Graham County, 1903-04
  • Elizabeth Morphew, English electronic music artist from Swindon, better known by her stage name Queen of Hearts
  • Chris Morphew, Australian author, known for his science fiction/young adult/adventure The Phoenix Files: Arrival (2009)
  • Margaret Morphew (1916-1987), South African tennis player, active in the 1930s, she won the South African Championships doubles title in 1937, 1938 and 1939

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th September 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook