MORRIS Family Outline Descent Tree(s) (ODT)
Name formsMaurice, Mauris, Mawrrwyce, Morice, Morres, Morrice, Morris, Morrish, Morriss, Morrys, Morus, Morys
The name of Morris, according to Mark Antony Lower, is derived from two sources: one of native Welsh origin; the other coming from the Continent of Europe. It is variously spelled: Morys, Morrys, Moris, Morris, Morice, Morrice, Moryce, Mawrice, Maurice, etc., and is compounded with various initial expressions, as DeMont, Fitz, Clan, etc. When these latter occur and when the name is spelled Maurice, it may generally be considered of Continental and perhaps of Moorish origin, coming from Africa by way of Spain into Western Europe at an early period. "It is a well-known fact," says Lower, "that the particular species of saltation called the Morrice-dance and the several branches of magic lore were introduced into these regions many centuries since by natives of Morrocco; the professors of these arts enriching themselves by their trade, seem in some instances to have embraced Christianity and to have become the founders of eminent families. Certain it is that several magnates bearing the names of Morrice. Fitz Morrice, and Mont-Morrice attended William the Conqueror in his descent upon England, and acquiring land settled in England." The name Mont-Morrice is said to signify "Moorish Mountains."
Burke, in his "History of the Landed Gentry of England," says in regard to the name of Morys or Morris, "This name, originally spelled Mawr-rwyce or Mawr-rhys, was changed into Maurice, Morrice, and Morris, Mars, Mavors. The Welsh "Mawr-rwyce"--meaning in English "warlike or powerful"--was a title applied to such of the ancient chieftains as were prominent for valor, whose numerous descendants account for the present frequency of the name in Wales." Other authorities say the name is derived from "Mawr," great or brave, and "Rhys," "Rwyce," "Rees," or "Rice," a title given to the ancient chiefs, so that the meaning of the name is "great" or "brave" "chief" or "prince," which seems to be a probable meaning. Certain it is, that the various knighted families in England bearing the name of Morris trace their ancestry to such an origin, and Morrice of Werrington and Betshanger, Morris of York, Morris of Hurst and of Pentenavent, all trace their families back to a remote period.
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|HADLEY, Arthur Twining [1856-1930] – American economist & educator MORR420 5C5|
|MORRIS, Eli James [1821-1901] – American politician ::> Legislators: senators, representatives, members of parliament, etc. ::> MORR405 4C6|
|MORRIS, Luzon Burritt, Governor [1826-1895] – American politician ::> Governors: chief executives of colonies, states and territories ::> Connecticut governor (1893-95) MORR406 4C6|
|MORRIS, Thomas [~1620-1673] – ::> NJ: Newark founders (1666) ::> #32, from Milford MORR117 10GGFa|
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