Morris Family History
Morris Name Meaning
English and Scottish: from Maurice an Old French personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans. It is derived from 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 Welsh: Anglicized form of the personal name Meurig (from Latin Mauritius) which was gradually superseded in Wales by Morus Morys a derivative of the Anglo-Norman French form of the name (see 1 above). German: variant of Moritz and in North America (also) an altered form of this. Americanized form of French Maurice a cognate of 1 above. Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames (see Morse ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press