Morrin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Morrin family

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.

Early History of the Morrin family

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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.

Early Notables of the Morrin family (pre 1700)

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United States Morrin migration to the United States +

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 [1]
Morrin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nathaniel Morrin, aged 30, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 [1]
  • John Morrin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
Morrin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Morrin, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1858 [1]
  • Peter Morrin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [1]
  • Isaac Morrin, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1868 [1]
  • James Morrin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [1]

Australia Morrin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Morrin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Morrin, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Morrin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Morrin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Morrin, (b. 1840), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Edward Thornhill" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in 1862 [3]
  • Mrs. Jane Morrin, (b. 1841), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Edward Thornhill" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in 1862 [3]

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


The Morrin 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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bardaster
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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