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Morshead was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Morshead family lived in Lanark, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Morshead Early Origins



The surname Morshead was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. Today, Muirhead is a small suburb of Glasgow, about 7 miles North-East of the city center.

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Morshead Spelling Variations


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Morshead Spelling Variations



Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Morshead has been spelled Muirhead, Morehead, Moorhead, Moorehead, Murehead and others.

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Morshead Early History


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Morshead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morshead research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1401 and 1491 are included under the topic Early Morshead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morshead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morshead Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Morshead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morshead In Ireland


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Morshead In Ireland



Some of the Morshead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morshead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Morshead, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Philip Morshead, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morshead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morshead (post 1700)



  • Major Sir Owen Frederick Morshead GCVO KCB DSO MC (1893-1977), British Army officer and Royal Librarian between 1926 and 1958
  • Sir Warwick Charles Morshead (1824-1905), 3rd Baronet of Trenant Park, Cornwall, English peer
  • Sir Frederick Treise Morshead (1783-1828), 2nd Baronet of Trenant Park, Cornwall, English peer
  • Sir John Morshead (1747-1813), 1st Baronet of Trenant Park, Cornwall, English politician, Member of Parliament for Callington and Bodmin and Lord Warden of the Stannaries
  • Catherine Morshead, English BAFTA Award nominated director and producer, known for Me & Mrs Jones (2002), A Christmas Carol (2000) and Viva Blackpool (2006)
  • Alana Morshead (b. 1983), English actress, known for her work on Joe Killionaire (2004), Peach Plum Pear (2011) and The Story of Elle (2008)
  • Henry Treise Morshead DSO, RE, FRGS (1882-1931), English surveyor, explorer and mountaineer, member of the 1921 and 1922 British Mount Everest expeditions; he was murdered in Burma under mysterious circumstances
  • Edmund Doidge Anderson Morshead (1849-1912), English classicist and teacher
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie James Morshead (1889-1959), Australian Officer Commanding I Australian Corps, Borneo from 1944 to 1945

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Motto


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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: Auxilio Dei
Motto Translation: By the help of God.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The Morshead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morshead 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 31 October 2016 at 07:04.

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