Morris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

This old Welsh surname comes from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means dark. In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form. The surname Morris was likely also assumed as a surname after being a nickname for a dark or swarthy person.

Early Origins of the Morris family

The surname Morris was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Morris family

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Morris Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Morris has occasionally been spelled Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.

Early Notables of the Morris family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Morris family to Ireland

Some of the Morris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morris migration to the United States

In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Morris

Morris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Humphrey Morris, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jenkin Morris, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Davie Morris, aged 18, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [1]
  • Frederick Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Amy Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Morris, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Ellinor Morris, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [1]
  • Elianor Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [1]
  • Adam Morris, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Christian Morris, aged 24, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Morris, aged 21, who arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805 [1]
  • Ainsley Morris, aged 17, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Ephraim Morris, who landed in New York in 1834 [1]
  • Gualterio Morris, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1837 [1]
  • Emanuel Morris, aged 27, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Caroline Elizabeth Morris, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1912 [1]

Morris migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morris Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Morris, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. Charles Morris Jr., U.E. who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. David Morris U.E. (b. 1751) who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1817 [2]
  • Private. Lutheran Morris U.E. (b. 1737) born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, USA who settled in Parrsborough [Parrsboro], Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers 3rd Battalion, married to Catherine Ann Swan having 15 Children, he died in 1839 [2]
  • Sgt. Richard Morris U.E. (b. 1750) born in Ireland who settled in Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the New York Volunteers and 3rd Regiment of Foot, married twice having 8 children, he died in 1834 [2]
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Morris Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Morris, aged 30, a plasterer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Samuel Morris, aged 25, a plasterer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Sarah Morris, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Felix Morris, aged 26, a tailor, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Owen Morris, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Morris migration to Australia

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

Morris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elijah Morris, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • John Morris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Edward Morris, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Jeremiah Morris, a sawyer, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Henry Morris, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
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Morris 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:

Morris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Cornelius Morris, aged 50, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mary Morris, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Ellen Morris, aged 16, a sempstress, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Anne Morris, aged 14, a sempstress, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mr. Thomas Morris, (b. 1823), aged 16, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Morris (post 1700)

  • Stevland Hardaway Morris (b. 1950), born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist who has won 25 Grammy Awards, inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame
  • William S. Morris (1919-1975), American Democrat politician, Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1969-73
  • William R. Morris, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1839 (speaker)
  • William N. Morris, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1996
  • William H. Morris, American politician, Postmaster at Hurricane Bridge, Virginia, 1857-65
  • William G. Morris, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1881
  • William E. Morris, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 2004
  • William E. Morris (b. 1901), American Republican politician, Assistant district attorney; Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1934-37
  • William E. Morris, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 35th District, 1900
  • William A. Morris, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1924
  • ... (Another 359 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Morris family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Daisy Lillian Morris (1885-1914), née Coombs Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Arthur Morris (1881-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Major Frank Morris (1875-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [8]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Sarah  Morris, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [9]
  • Mr. Martin  Morris, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Mr. Ferdinand A.  Morris, Canadian Able Seaman with the Naval Department from Quebec, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
Hindenburg LZ-129
  • Mr. Nelson Morris (1891-1937), American Controlling Heir of Meat Packing/Stockyard Interests from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire [10]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. George Morris, British Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. George Morris, British Sergeant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking and was evacuated [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Peter J.T. Morris, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
  • Charles Henry Morris (1903-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Morris, English Trimmer from Mile End, London, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
  • Reverend Hugh Carlton Syddall Morris, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frank Herbert Morris, aged 28, English Bathroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 14 [17]
  • Mr. Arthur Morris (d. 1912), aged 30, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. William Edward Morris (d. 1912), aged 22, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]
SS Alcoa Puritan
  • J.F. Morris, American from Mobile, Alabama, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [18]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Owen Newton Morris, American Seaman First Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]

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Citations

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  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | Airships.net. (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/hindenburg-passenger-list/
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  18. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)
  19. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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