Morphey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Morphey family

The surname Morphey 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.

Important Dates for the Morphey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morphey research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1720, 1709, 1716 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Morphey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morphey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Morfin, Morffin, Morfee, Maufee, Morfyn, Murfyn and others.

Early Notables of the Morphey 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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Migration of the Morphey family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Morphey (post 1700)

  • Captain Corneille Nicholas Morphey, French commander of the French East India Company frigate Le Cerf in the mid 1700s

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