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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.

Morriss Early Origins



The surname Morriss 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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Morriss Spelling Variations


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Morriss Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Morriss have included Morris, Morriss, Moriss, Morrice, Morice, Moris and others.

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Morriss Early History


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Morriss Early History



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

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Morriss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morriss Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Morriss In Ireland


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Morriss In Ireland



Some of the Morriss 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 joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Morriss:

Morriss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Amey Morriss, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • John Morriss, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Tho Morriss, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Eliza Morriss, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Christian Morriss, who landed in North Carolina in 1763

Morriss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Morriss, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1804
  • Bridget Morriss, aged 14, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • Catharine Morriss, aged 11, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864

Morriss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Morriss, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821

Morriss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Morriss, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Nancy Morriss, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Catherine Morriss, aged 27, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Morriss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Emma Morriss, aged 22, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morriss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morriss (post 1700)



  • Frank E. Morriss (1927-2013), American BAFTA and two-time Academy Award nominated film and television editor, known for his work on Blue Thunder (1983) and Romancing the Stone (1984)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. 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. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    11. ...

    The Morriss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morriss 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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