It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Morrehead. It was a name for someone who lived in Lanark, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Morrehead family
The surname Morrehead was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. Today, Muirhead is a small suburb of Glasgow, about 7 miles North-East of the city center.
Early History of the Morrehead family
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Morrehead Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Morrehead has been spelled Muirhead, Morehead, Moorhead, Moorehead, Murehead and others.
Early Notables of the Morrehead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Morrehead family to Ireland
Some of the Morrehead family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 Morrehead family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: James and John Muirhead who were banished to the New World in 1685 by Judge Jeffreys. They settled in east New Jersey. Alexander Muirhead arrived in Pennsylvania in 1847..
The Morrehead Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Auxilio Dei
Motto Translation: By the help of God.