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Maurice, 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.

A Genealogical and Historical Register of the Descendants of Edward Morris
Jonathan Flynt Morris
Hartford, Conn.: The Case, Lockwood, & Brainard Co., 1887.
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*=ancestor, •=cousin, ◊=cousin-by-marriage, +=family
/=Has bookmarks, chg Marks recent changes
(as of 2014-09-06), =::Cross reference
chg ◊ HADLEY, Arthur Twining [1856-1930] – American economist & educator MORR420 5C5
chg • MORRIS, Eli James [1821-1901] – American politician ::> Legislators: senators, representatives, members of parliament, etc. ::> MORR405 4C6
chg • MORRIS, Luzon Burritt, Governor [1826-1895] – American politician ::> Governors: chief executives of colonies, states and territories ::> Connecticut governor (1893-95) MORR406 4C6
chg * MORRIS, Thomas [~1620-1673] – ::> NJ: Newark founders (1666) ::> #32, from Milford MORR117 10GGFa

 

Candidates Work List

This is my working list of candidates to include -- I'm not yet sure if they are related to me! As candidates are eliminated (proven not related) they are marked appropriately (THUS) and an explanation included. They are kept in the list in case future research proves they can be included. (And to keep them from popping up on the list again!) Never discard good research!

Proven candidates' names are marked with an asterisk (*) until they can be added to the database.

MORRIS, Alexander [1826-89]
Canadian politician
MORRIS, Clara [fl. 1848-1925]
American actress. née Morrison
MORRIS, Edward M. [1895-?]
American army officer
MORRIS, Edward Patrick [1858-35]
Canadian jurist and politician; 1st Baron Morris
MORRIS, Frederick Kuhne [1885-?]
American geologist
MORRIS, George Pope [1802-64]
American journalist and poet
MORRIS, Gouverneur [1752-1816]
American politian and diplomat. Seems to be an unrelated family, desc. of Richard Morris & Sarah Pole
MORRIS, Lewis (1726-1798)
American Revolutionary Patriot, Signer
MORRIS, Lloyd [1893-?]
American biographer and essayist
MORRIS, Michael [1826-1901] 3rd Baron Morris
Irish jurist, MP
MORRIS, Robert [1734-1806]
American financier and politician, Signer
MORRIS, Thomas [1821-1908] "Old Tom"
Scottish golfer
MORRIS, William [1834-1896]
English poet and artist
MORRIS, William [1873-1932]
American theatrical agent
MORRIS, William Richard [1877-1963] 1st Viscount Nuffield
English automobile manufacturer

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