Morrison (surname)

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Morrison is an English-language surname. The name is derived from a patronymic form of the English Morris.[1] The personal name Morris is a variant of Maurice, and was quite popular in the Middle Ages.[2] In Scotland the surname is sometimes also an Anglicised form of the Scottish Gaelic MacGilleMhuire, a surname meaning "son of the servant of (the Virgin) Mary".[3] The Scottish surname Morrison is also sometimes an Anglicised form of the Irish O'Muirghesasain, meaning "descendant of Muirgheas".[4] In Ireland the surname is sometimes an Anglicised form of the Irish Mac Muiris, a surname derived from the patronymic form of Muiris. The Irish personal name Muiris is a Gaelicisation of the English Maurice.[5]

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  1. ^ Morrison Family History, Ancestry.com, retrieved 5 March 2012 . This webpage cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 .
  2. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 198, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 .
  3. ^ Black, George Fraser (1946), The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, New York: New York Public Library, p. 612 .
  4. ^ Black, George Fraser (1946), The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, New York: New York Public Library, pp. 638–639 .
  5. ^ Surname Search, retrieved 5 March 2012 . This website, for the surname Morrison, cited MacLysaght, Edward (1980), Irish Families, Dublin .