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Morris Name Meaning

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 complexion. 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 Welsh: Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Meurig (from Latin Mauritius), which was gradually superseded in Wales by Morus, Morys, a derivative of the Anglo-Norman French form of the name (see 1).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 (see Morse).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Moris, Harris, Norris, Corris, Borris, Orris, Ferris, Boris, Moers

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Where is the Morris family from?

You can see how Morris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Morris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Morris families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2,276 Morris families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Morris's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Morris families in 1911.
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What did your Morris ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Morris. 25% of Morris men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Morris women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Morris were Carpenter and Operator.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    25%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Operator
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 387,000 military records available for the last name Morris. For the veterans among your Morris ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Morris lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Morris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Morris in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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