Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Morrel family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Morrel came from the medieval given name Morel.
The name was originally derived from the name More
for a someone of dark complexion.
This name stems from the Old French word Moor,
meaning black man.
Early Origins of the Morrel family
The surname Morrel was first found in Northumberland
where one of the first records of the name was found at North Middleton, a township, in the parish of Hartburn. "This place, which was also called MiddletonMorell, from an ancient proprietor named Morell, was afterwards divided among various proprietors." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Morrel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morrel research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1704, 1795, 1839, 1788 and 1880 are included under the topic Early Morrel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Morrel Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Morrel are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Morrel include Morrell, Morel, Morrel, Morrall, Morrill, Murrill and others.
Early Notables of the Morrel family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Morrill (Morrel/Morrills/Morill) (c.
1620-1704), birth name of Mary Folger, English-born indentured servant in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, grandmother of Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morrel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Morrel family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Morrel, or a variant listed above:
Morrel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Morrel, who settled in Barbados with his wife, son in 1679
Morrel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Daniel Morrel U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
The Morrel 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: Bono animo esto
Motto Translation: Be of Good Courage