The Morrys surname comes from an Old French personal name
introduced to Britain by the Normans
. The Latin version was Mauritius. It is also thought that the name may have been taken on as a nickname
for a Moor, or someone of a dark complexion, who was not actually a Moor.
Early Origins of the Morrys family
The surname Morrys was first found in Herefordshire
, where tradition, according to the historian Ormerod, finds the family name to be descended from Athelstan Glodrydd, Godson of Athelstan, the King of England
who founded the four Royal tribes of Wales
, and on his mother's side descended from Caradoc Vriechfras, Lord of Hereford, one of the knights of the Round Table. Descended was Hoedliw Goch ap Rhys, Gwrgenau ap Hoedliw Goch, Grono ap Gwrgenau, Griffith ap Grono, Madoc ap Griffith, Howel ap Madoc, Phillip Dorddu ap Howel, Cadwgan second son of Phillip and so on, to Morys ap Morgan. Descended was Evan Maurice who was the youngest son of Maurice ap Morgan who migrated to Kent
, his son Sir William Maurice acquired the estates of the village of Chuston in West Putford.
Early History of the Morrys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morrys research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1379, 1552, 1622, 1593, 1597, 1604, 1611, 1582, 1591, 1626, 1702, 1666, 1634, 1682, 1647, 1691, 1628, 1690, 1602, 1676, 1660 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Morrys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Morrys Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Morrys name over the years has been spelled Maurice, Morrice, Morice, Morys and others.
Early Notables of the Morrys family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir William Maurice (1552-1622), Welsh
politician, Member of Parliament for Carnarvonshire
(1593-1597) and (1604-1611), High Sheriff
(1582) and High Sheriff
(1591); David Maurice (1626-1702), a Welsh
Anglican priest and translator, Canon of St Asaph in 1666; Henry... Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morrys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Morrys family to Ireland
Some of the Morrys family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Morrys family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Morrys: George Maurice who settled in Virginia in 1656; followed by Robert in 1699; William Maurice settled in Nevis in 1660; George Maurice settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1796.