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Origins Available: English, Irish, Welsh


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.

Morris Early Origins



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.

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Morris Spelling Variations


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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.

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Morris Early History


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Morris Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morris research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morris Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morris Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morris In Ireland


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Morris In Ireland



Some of the Morris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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 settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jenkin Morris settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Davie Morris, aged 18, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • Frederick Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Amy Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • ... (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
  • Ellinor Morris, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Elianor Morris, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Adam Morris, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Christian Morris, aged 24, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (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, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
  • Ainsley Morris, aged 17, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Ephraim Morris, who landed in New York in 1834
  • Gualterio Morris, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1837
  • Emanuel Morris, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • ... (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

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 [1]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. David Morris U.E. (b. 1751) who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1817 [1]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
  • 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 [1]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
  • 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 [1]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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Morris Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Morris, aged 30, a plasterer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Samuel Morris, aged 25, a plasterer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Sarah Morris, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Felix Morris, aged 26, a tailor, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Owen Morris, aged 24, 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 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • John Morris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Edward Morris, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Jeremiah Morris, a sawyer, 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 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Morris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Morris, aged 50, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mary Morris, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Ellen Morris, aged 16, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Anne Morris, aged 14, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • George Morris arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andover" in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morris (post 1700)


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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
  • Francis Gregory Alan "Greg" Morris (1934-1996), American television actor, best known for portraying Barney Collier in Mission: Impossible
  • Thomas Gayle Morris (1919-2016), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico's At-large district (1959-1969), Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives (1953-1958)
  • Jim Morris (1935-2016), American bodybuilder, Mr. USA (1972), AAU Mr. America (1973), Mr. International (1974), and Mr. Olympia Masters Over 60 (1996)
  • Lieutenant-General William Henry Harrison Jr. Morris (1890-1971), American Commanding General Caribbean Command (1949-1952)
  • Robert Morris Jr. (1734-1806), English-born American merchant, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
  • Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), American statesman, a Founding Father of the United States
  • Joseph Chris Columbo Morris (1902-2002), American jazz drummer
  • Mary McGarry Morris (b. 1943), American novelist, short story author and playwright
  • William Weeks "Willie" Morris (1934-1999), American Rhodes Scholar, writer, and editor
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Morris Historic Events


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Morris Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
  • Major Frank Morris (1875-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Sarah  Morris, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Martin  Morris, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Ferdinand A.  Morris, Canadian Able Seaman with the Naval Department from Quebec, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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 on May 6, 1937

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Edgar Percy Morris (1904-1941), Australian Petty Officer from Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Raymond Keith Morris (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Kent Town, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Morris, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. George Morris, British Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Morris, British Sergeant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking and was evacuated

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Morris, English Trimmer from Mile End, London, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Reverend Hugh Carlton Syddall Morris, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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
  • Mr. Arthur Morris (d. 1912), aged 30, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Edward Morris (d. 1912), aged 22, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Morris


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Suggested Readings for the name Morris



  • C.C.'s Clan: Morris, Arms, Mitchell and Related Families by Eula Eunice Park Mitchell.
  • The Morris, Arnold and Related Families by Louis Arnold Morris.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  10. 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).
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The Morris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morris 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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