Morrison family crest

Morrison family crest

Colors on the Morrison family crest explained

Argent (silver) -  represents the values of sincerity and peacefulness. The Morrisons valued both of these things greatly.

Or (Gold) - represents the historical generosity of the ancient Morrison family.

Sable (black) - symbolizes constancy and the enduring nature of the Morrison family.  


  Symbols on the Morrison family crest explained  

The martlet bird - represent speed, swiftness and Morrison family members quick ability to act when needed.

The cross - symbolizes Christ's rise from the dead to claim victory over sin. A connection to the Morrison family's early religious associations.

The five fleur-de-lis - represents purity, light and religious connections including connections of the Virgin Mary. A connection to the family's early religious associations.


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Origins of the Morrison family name

The Morrison family name is thought to have originated in England, Scotland and Ireland.

In Scotland, the name is derived from the Old Gaelic "Muir" meaning "sea" and "son", thought to be given to a family who lived near the coast.

In Ireland, the origin is similar having come from the Gaelic 'Ó Muirgheasáin'.

In England, the name stems from a reference to the 'son of Maurice'.


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Summary of the Morrison family and the Morrison family crest

  • The Morrisons are largely an English family name that can be traced back to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
  • In England, the Morrisons are first found in County Durham, where they held a family seat from early times.
  • The family were prominent in England during the Middle Ages, and held a number of estates in the country.
  • However, the family's fortunes declined in the early modern period, and by the 19th century they were no longer a significant force in English society.
  • In Scotland, the Morrison clan is associated with the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and their tartan is the Lewis pattern.
  • The family name is associated with the Celtic god MĂłr RĂ­oghain, who was the god of death and the underworld. The Morrisons were a sept of the Clan Chattan, and they were also associated with the Clan MacLeod.
  • In Ireland, the family was a branch of the O'Neill clan, one of the most fearsome clans in ancient Ireland. 
    • The first Morrison to emigrate to America was John Morrison, who arrived in Boston in 1635.
    • John Morrison was followed by many other Morison families, who settled in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
    • The family quickly spread to other states in the early days of the new world and were instrumental in helping to build the early United States.
    • Today, all Morrison family members can still trace their roots back to ancient Europe.