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Many Irish surnames come from the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Morrin is O Morain or O Moghrain, and is most likely derived from the word "mor" which means "big."

Morrin Early Origins



The surname Morrin was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.

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Morrin Spelling Variations


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Morrin Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Morrin can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Moran, O'Moran, Murrin, Murran and others.

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Morrin Early History


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Morrin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morrin research. Another 413 words (30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morrin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morrin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morrin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Morrin Notables 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



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Morrin name:

Morrin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Dan Morrin, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Morrin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Morrin, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • John Morrin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Morrin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Morrin, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1858
  • Peter Morrin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Isaac Morrin, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1868
  • James Morrin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morrin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morrin (post 1700)



  • Thomas H. Morrin, American engineer and the director of engineering at SRI International from 1948 to 1963
  • Wayne Morrin (b. 1955), Canadian retired professional WHA ice hockey player
  • Brad Morrin (b. 1981), Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Joseph Morrin (1794-1862), Scottish-born, Canadian physician and politician, two-time mayor of Quebec city who bequeathed money and property to what would become Morrin College and later Morrin Centre

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Motto


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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: Lucent in tenebris
Motto Translation: They shine in darkness.


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Morrin Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
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    The Morrin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morrin 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 23 April 2016 at 20:49.

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