What does the name Morris mean?
The Morris surname origin is varied, but is mostly believed to originate in the British Isles (where it is the 32nd most common name in England and Wales and has been found in the border between these countries as early as the Norman Conquest of 1066). Morris is thought to most often be a patronymic name, referring to the personal name 'Maurice' in England and Scotland, or 'Meurig' in Wales. The surname Morris can also sometimes be derived from someone who lived on the moors. In English-speaking countries it can also be seen as an anglicisation of the German name 'Moritz'.
The earliest occurrence of the Morris surname in our family history documents is from 1470, and we currently have 3,606,824 records where Morris appears.
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Typical jobs for Morrises
Hard-working people, the Morrises. 3888 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Morrises lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Morris in Lancashire.
Morrises’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Morrises were angels, apparently. We found 3695 in criminal records.
Morrises in World War I
According to the World War I records, 5602 Morrises served in the First World War.