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The English surname Morrass comes from the place name St. Maurice, Normandy where N. de St. Maurice was listed in the Magn. Rotul. of Normandie (1180-1195.) This personal name is in turn derived from the Latin name Mauritius, which comes from maurus, meaning " a moor."

Morrass Early Origins



The surname Morrass was first found in Herefordshire. Early records there show Isabell, John and Margeries Morice in England c. 1272. The same census shows William filius Maurici in Huntingdon, Richard filius Maurycii in Cambridge and Peter filius Maurice in Lincoln county. The surname may also be a nickname for someone who was "swarthy" as shown by the Robert le Mareys reference in 1274.

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Morrass Spelling Variations


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Morrass Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.

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Morrass Early History


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Morrass Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morrass research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1308, 1314, 1297, 1678, 1654, 1721, 1682, 1703, 1704 and are included under the topic Early Morrass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morrass Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morrass Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morrass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morrass In Ireland


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Morrass In Ireland



Some of the Morrass family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Morris (d. 1672), who, after serving in Oliver Cromwell's army, became a merchant in Barbados, emigrated to New York City (Dutch New Amsterdam) where he purchased a tract of land in what is now the Bronx, starting a line of prominent American landowners and statesmen. Other settlers of the name include Humphrey Morris, on record in Barbados in 1635.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Morrass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morrass 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 13 November 2013 at 14:12.

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