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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.

Morrish Early Origins



The surname Morrish 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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Morrish Spelling Variations


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Morrish Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Morrish have included Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.

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Morrish Early History


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Morrish Early History



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

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Morrish Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morrish Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Morrish In Ireland


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Morrish In Ireland



Some of the Morrish 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



Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North Ameri ca. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Morrish were found:

Morrish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Morrish, aged 18, landed in St Christopher in 1635

Morrish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antone Morrish, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Morrish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Morrish arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • William Morrish, aged 51, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morrish (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morrish (post 1700)



  • Jay Morrish (1936-2015), American golf course designer who worked for Jack Nicklaus (1972-1982)
  • Dan Wesley "Blade" Morrish (b. 1950), American politician, Louisiana State Senator from District 25 (2008-)
  • Norman Morrish, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1916
  • Anna B. Morrish, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1920
  • James John Morrish (1868-1956), Welsh-born, Australian politician
  • Alfred Southcott Morrish FRCO (1906-1978), English organist and composer
  • Rory Michael Morrish (b. 1968), Irish cross-country skier at the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Paul Morrish (b. 1968), Australian rules footballer who played from 1986 to 1989
  • Ken Morrish (1919-2006), Canadian politician, 4th Mayor of Scarborough, Ontario in 1978
  • Tom Morrish, Australian eponym of the Morrish Medal, an Australian rules football award

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    6. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Morrish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morrish 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 29 October 2015 at 09:15.

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