Morrison Coat of Arms

Morrison Family Crest / Morrison Coat of Arms

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Where did the Scottish morrison family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the morrison family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. Spelling Variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, morrison has been spelled Morrison, Morison, Morieson and many more.

First found in on the Isle of Lewis where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the morrison family relocated to North American shores quite early: Daniel Morrison who settled in Boston in 1767; along with: Darby 1766; James 1765; John 1822; Michael 1822; Elizabeth 1635; Francis Morrison settled in Virginia in 1650.

Motto Translated: Castle Eistein.

Some noteworthy people of the name morrison

  • Marion Michael Morrison (1907-1979), , the Acadamey Award-winning American film actor
  • James Douglas “Jim” Morrison (1943-1971), American poet, singer, member of rock band “the Doors”
  • Toni Chloe Anthony Morrison (b. 1931), American author and one of the most prominent authors in world literature, having won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 for her novel “Beloved” and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 for her collected works
  • Robert Morrison (1782-1834), Scottish scholar
  • George Ivan Morrison (b. 1945), the rock singer better known as Van Morrison
  • Dr. Iain Morrison, Lord Ruchdi, Clan Morrison Chief (1974)
  • MacAulay Morrison (1863-1942), Canadian lawyer, politician, appointed a judge of the British Columbia Supreme Court in 1904
  • William Shepherd Morrison (1893-1961), Viscount Dunrossil, British politician, speaker of British House of Commons (1951-1959) and Governor-general of Australia (1959-1961)
  • Jeanette Helen Morrison (1927-2004), original name of Janet Leigh, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress
  • Herbert Stanley Morrison (1888-1965), English politican, deputy prime minister from 1945-51
  • Frank Morrison, original name of Mickey Spillane
  • Arthur Morrison (1863-1945), English novelist
  • Herbert Morrison (1888-1965), British politican, deputy prime minister from 1945-51