Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Scottish: from Maurice, an Old French
personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans, Latin
Mauritius, a derivative of Maurus (see Moore).
This was the name of several early Christian saints. In some cases it
may be a nickname of the same derivation for someone with a swarthy
- Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muirghis,
a variant of Ó Muirgheasa (see Morrissey).
- Welsh: Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Meurig (from Latin
Mauritius), which was gradually superseded in Wales by
Morus, Morys, a derivative of the Anglo-Norman French
form of the name (see 1).
- German: variant of Moritz.
- Americanized form of any of various like-sounding Jewish surnames
- Morris was the name of an extensive and powerful family in colonial
North America, whose members played a leading part in the emergence of
the nation. They were descended from Richard Morris (d. 1672), who
fought in Oliver Cromwell’s army and then became a merchant in Barbados. His
son Lewis (1671–1746) established the “manor” of Morrisania in NY.
His grandson, Lewis (1726–98), third owner of that manor, was a
signer of the Declaration of Independence. Two other grandsons,
Richard and Gouverneur, were also key figures in the Revolution.
Their half-brother Staats Morris (1728–1800) was a general in the
British army who was appointed governor of Quebec.
Famous people with this last name:
Sarah Jane Morris
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