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When the ancestors of the Morpus family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Malpas, a parish in the union of Wrexham in the county of Cheshire.

Morpus Early Origins



The surname Morpus was first found in Cheshire at Malpas, a large village and former market town, in the unions of Nantwich, Great Boughton, and Wrexham, chiefly in the Higher division of the hundred of Broxton. The barony formed part of the possessions of Earl Edwin prior to the Conquest, and was given by the first Norman earl of Chester to Robert Fitz-Hugh, one of the eight barons of his parliament. The castle, the head of the barony, was built soon after the Conquest, and stood immediately adjoining the church, but today all that is left is a circular mound, on which the keep stood. The place name literally means "the difficult passage" from the Old French words mal + pas.

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Morpus Spelling Variations


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Morpus Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Morpus has been recorded under many different variations, including Malpas, Malpus, Malpass and others.

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Morpus Early History


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Morpus Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morpus research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1625 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Morpus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morpus Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morpus Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Morpus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morpus In Ireland


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Morpus In Ireland



Some of the Morpus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Morpuss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: George Malpas arrived in Philadelphia in 1856.

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The Morpus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morpus 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.

    This page was last modified on 5 May 2014 at 15:02.

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