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.
Early Origins of the Morpus family
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.
Early History of the Morpus family
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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.
Early Notables of the Morpus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Morpus family to 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.
Migration of the Morpus family to the New World and Oceana
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.