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Early Origins of the Murison family

The surname Murison was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The name would seem to have no connection with either Morrison or Murray, and the development of the family seems to have taken place in the 14th century in the county of Aberdeen.

Early History of the Murison family

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Murison Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Murison, Murieson, Murrison, Murrieson, Muirson, Mureson and many more.

Early Notables of the Murison family (pre 1700)

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United States Murison migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Murison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Murison who settled with her two children in Boston, Massachusetts in 1821
  • Michael Murison, aged 26, who landed in America in 1821 [1]

New Zealand Murison 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:

Murison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Charlotte Murison, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Murison (post 1700) +

  • Alison Murison, Scottish past secretary of The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (RCHS)
  • Andrew Murison, Scottish Chairman of the JP Morgan European Investment Trust
  • David Murison, Scottish head editor of the Scottish National Dictionary Association (1946-1976)
  • A. F. Murison MA, LLD, KC (1847-1934), Scottish eminent Professor of Roman Law and Jurisprudence at University College, London and at Oxford University
  • William Dick Murison (1837-1877), Scottish-born, New Zealand Member of Parliament and first class cricketer
  • George Murison (1819-1889), Canadian politician, Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario in 1870
  • Krissi Murison (b. 1982), British music journalist and former editor of the NME (2009-2012)

The Murison 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: Mediocriter
Motto Translation: With moderation.

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook