Morshead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Morshead family
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.
Early History of the Morshead family
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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.
Early Notables of the Morshead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Morshead family to Ireland
Some of the Morshead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Morshead migration to the United States +
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:
Morshead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. Richard Morshead, (b. 1830), aged 21, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mountaineer" arriving in the United States on 30 April 1851 
Morshead migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Morshead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Morshead, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
- Philip Morshead, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
Morshead 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:
Morshead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Captain Edward Morshead, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 
- Mrs. Mary Morshead, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 
- Miss Olympia Morshead, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 
- Miss. Isabella Morshead, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 
- Mr. Edward Morshead, Jr., British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 
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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The Morshead 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.