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The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Murrell name is derived from the medieval given name Morel. The name was originally derived from the name More or Moore a nickname for a someone of dark complexion. This name stems from the Old French word Moor, meaning black man.

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The surname Murrell was first found in Northumberland where one of the first records of the name was found at North Middleton, a township, in the parish of Hartburn. "This place, which was also called MiddletonMorell, from an ancient proprietor named Morell, was afterwards divided among various proprietors." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Morrell, Morel, Morrel, Morrall, Morrill, Murrill and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murrell research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1704, 1795, 1839, 1788 and 1880 are included under the topic Early Murrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Morrill (Morrel/Morrills/Morill) ( c. 1620-1704), birth name of Mary Folger, English-born indentured servant in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, grandmother of Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Murrell or a variant listed above:

Murrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gregory Murrell, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • George Murrell, who arrived in Maryland in 1658

Murrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Murrell, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • Samuel Murrell, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • John Murrell, who arrived in Texas in 1830

Murrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Murrell, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"

Murrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Murrell, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Sarah Murrell, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
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  • Chris Murrell, American jazz and gospel singer
  • Willie Vernon Murrell (b. 1941), American former professional basketball player
  • John Murrell OC, AOE (b. 1945), American-born Canadian playwright, recipient of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (2008)
  • Marques Murrell (b. 1985), American football linebacker
  • Adrian Byran Murrell (b. 1970), former professional American NFL football running back
  • Walter M. Murrell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948
  • W. F. Murrell (d. 1973), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940
  • Tellas M. Murrell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996
  • Samuel Murrell, American politician, Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1820
  • Olin W. Murrell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932
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Murrell Historic Events



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  • Mr. George P Murrell (b. 1907), English Shipwright 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Belper, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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  • Lyle, Murrell, Nancy, Morton Genealogy by Gladys Elizabeth Odil Bracy.
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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: Bono animo esto
Motto Translation: Be of Good Courage

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Murrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murrell 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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