Last name: Morris
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I am a Morris. My grandfather has traced back our family tree into the 1700s. I have found out through him that we are related to Robert Morris, who signed the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. He was a very influential man during this time. I have been wanting to try and trace back my family farther than that.
My great grandfather whose name I am not sure of moved to Canada from Ireland. He was a Morris as am I. Unfortunately I'm the last person in my family to have the Morris name. It's so nice learning about family background.
Mario Morris G.
Morris Clan from Ireland and Wales through my maternal grandfather Hugh R. Morris, son of Joseph Morris. Ontario, Canada
Holly Morris Johnson
I am a Morris (married now so I am a Johnson too I guess). My father is Phillip Morris and his father is Charles D. Morris (from upstate NY). My grandfather's father ended up in Canada as an indentured servant when he was a tween after his parents (John Morris and Mary Ann Cripps) both died in England just outside of London. He and his brother were willed to an orphanage and I have no idea why since both sides of the family had relatives in the area. Their sons, my G-grandfather Charles E. Morris and his brother David Morris, were separated and never saw each other alive again.
My grandfather's family ended up in New York and I have been told we still have family there. My father grew up in Cali (near LA) and I still have family down there. I have two brothers who are carrying on the Morris name and they are in WA state. I thought it interesting that Morris can mean 'dark and swarthy" because those of us that look like the Morris side are just that.
William Patrick Allen
Want more about welsh Morris's,please.
Phillip R. Morris
Hello, I just started looking into my fathers name (Phillip Dale Morris) he was born around Roswell, NM in the early 1950's. My father wasn't close to his family so I don't have much info to go on, just wondering if anyone of the Morris's here any have additional information.
Therese Morris Dixon
Hi all. I'm British. Enjoyed reading these comments. I like to think it could originate from the latin word "mores", meaning "morals". Perhaps our ancestry comprises persons of exceptionally high moral calibre!
I am a descendant of David Morris of Waxhaw,N.C. and on my mother's side James Morrison of Conover,N.C.
from scotland any more scottish people.......my fathers father was welsh
The first record I have found of the origin of the surname Morris is - Saint Moritz (a leading Roman soldier from Thebes, Egypt, whose actual name was Maurice). The surname Morris originates from the Muslim converts to Catholicism,in Spain known as Moriscos. They probably came through France as Huguenots. I'm from Manchester, England.
Jennifer Lynn Morris
My Morris family can be traced to 1750 in Ireland. Richard Morris was my 5th great grandfather. He joined the 33rd Regiment of Foot and fought for the British in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. He was evacuated to Nova Scotia in 1783 with many others. My 2nd great grandfather moved to Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. We cannot find any family information on Richard in Ireland. If anyone knows anything, we would certainly appreciate it. :)
ESAU DANSBY MORRIS
who is the parents of Esau D Morris. can't find nothing on this guy other than land that was purchased in Illinois in the 1822
"Of the English families of that name," observes Burke, "there are two classes, those of native, and those of foreign, extraction. The latter came over with the Conqueror. Of the former, the most ancient are derived from Wales. One section of the foreign class had a Moorish origin, as indeed the name expresses, and crossed over from Africa to Europe by way of Spain, whence were introduced into England, and other European countries, the Morrice dancers, who were accustomed to perform various feats of dancing. From the same source is derived the name of Montmorency corrupted from De Monte Moriseo, "of or from the Moorish Mountains," and thence abbreviated into Moris — Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower
I had a DNA ancestry test last year, as a present, and although I expected some Celtic origins on the Y chromosome. It turns out that this is totally Germanic. So it may be back to the drawing board on the origins of the Morris surname
Through the family bible I can trace my family back to John Morris of Earls Heaton England 1815.