Morris Family History

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 Welsh: Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Meurig (from Latin Mauritius), which was gradually superseded in Wales by Morus, Morys, a derivative of the Anglo-Norman French form of the name (see 1).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

What are the common regions with the Morris name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Morris. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Morris Family Origin

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Morris Family Occupations

What did your Morris ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Morris occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Morris's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Morris. A less common occupation for the Morris family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Morris Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Morris. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Morris census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 282,000 immigration records available for the last name Morris. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Morris Life Expectancy

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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