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Morrell is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Morrell is a name that comes from the medieval given name Morel. The name was originally derived from the name More or Moore a nickname for a someone of dark complexion. This name stems from the Old French word Moor, meaning black man.

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The surname Morrell 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Morrell, Morel, Morrel, Morrall, Morrill, Murrill and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morrell research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1704, 1795, 1839, 1788 and 1880 are included under the topic Early Morrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Morrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Morrell name or one of its variants:

Morrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Morrell, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • David Morrell settled in Virginia in 1656
  • George Morrell, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Christopher Morrell, who landed in Maryland in 1673
  • John Morrell, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1684
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Morrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Morrell, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1719
  • Mathew Morrell, who landed in New York in 1761

Morrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Morrell, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Abraham Morrell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Daniel, Francis, George, John, Robert, Steven, and William Morrell all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860
  • Francisco Morrell, aged 22, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1860

Morrell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Michael Morrell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. John Morrell U.E. born in Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he enlisted in 1776 served in the 42nd Regiment, he died in 1818 [2]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
  • Mr. Thomas Morrell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]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

Morrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joshua Morrell, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • H. Morrell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1849
  • John Morrell, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Adelaide"
  • James T. Morrell, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
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  • Mike Morrell (b. 1952), American politician, Member of the California State Senate (2014-)
  • Benjamin Morrell (1795-1838), American sea captain, explorer and trader
  • Wayne Beam Morrell Jr., American artist, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • David Mark Morrell (b. 1971), English former cricketer
  • George Herbert Morrell MP, JP, DL (1845-1906), English politician and lawyer, Member of Parliament for Woodstock (1891-1892) and (1895-1906)
  • James Herbert Lloyd Morrell (1907-1996), English clergyman, the 7th Bishop of Lewes (1959-1977)
  • Captain Arthur Fleming Morrell (1788-1880), English naval officer
  • Andy Morrell (b. 1974), English professional footballer
  • William John Morrell MA (1868-1945), English-born, New Zealand academic, Chancellor of Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • George Morrell (1872-1915), Scottish football manager
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Morrell Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ronald F Morrell (b. 1920), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Chichester, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. R. Morrell (d. 1912), age unknown, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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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

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Morrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morrell 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.

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