Show ContentsMorrisey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Morrisey has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Morrisey is Ó Muirgheasa, which is derived from the words muir, meaning sea, and geas, meaning action.

Early Origins of the Morrisey family

The surname Morrisey was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland.

Early History of the Morrisey family

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Morrisey Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Morrisey 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 Morrissey, O'Morrissey and others.

Early Notables of the Morrisey family

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Morrisey Ranking

In the United States, the name Morrisey is the 17,646th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Morrisey 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 Morrisey name:

Morrisey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Morrisey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1851
  • John Morrisey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1861 2
  • E. Morrisey, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Ireland, in 1892
  • James Morrisey, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Johanna Morrisey, aged 20, who landed in America from Cork, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Morrisey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Morrisey, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Annie Morrisey, aged 27, who immigrated to America from Halifax, in 1906
  • A. Morrisey, aged 19, who landed in America from Halifax, in 1907
  • F.P. Morrisey, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Morrisey, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Morrisey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morrisey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • James Morrisey, aged 14, who settled in St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1913

Australia Morrisey migration to Australia +

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

Morrisey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Morrisey, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

New Zealand Morrisey 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:

Morrisey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edmond Morrisey, (b. 1830), aged 32, Irish labourer from County Kerry travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd May 1862 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Morrisey (post 1700) +

  • Patrick Morrisey (b. 1967), American Republican politician, 34th West Virginia State Attorney General (2013-) 4
  • Susan Morrisey Livingstone (b. 1946), former Acting U.S. Secretary of the Navy

The Morrisey 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: Si Deus nobiscum qui contra nos
Motto Translation: If God be with us, who can be against us.

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