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Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:25 pm
I always new my fathers side was Irish, but every Morrison search focuses on Scottish. Then I came upon this and stuff got more confusing to me. I am just starting out trying to look up history.
O'MUIRGHEASAIN: 'Descendant of Muirghtias sea choice. A surname in Inishowen county Donegal.
If I have been reading the right things, there was a migration to Scottland?
Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:12 pm
Hi, Stephen. Morrison is a name of a number of different origins. The name probably originated to indicate a "son of Maurice" (with Maurice pronounced as "Morris" and sometimes spelled "Morice"). Then this Morrison name was used to anglicize various Gaelic names. The name you cite is one of the Gaelic names sometimes anglicized as Morrison. This is part of the story, but there is another part: Many Morrisons from Scotland settled in the north of Ireland beginning in the 1600's. So you really need to know some specifics on your father's line to determine the origins of your own Morrisons---or a Y-DNA test may be a shortcut to learning the deeper ancestry of your line.
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 1:27 am
You might be interested in reading a article by MacCoinnich, A. (2015).(Dùn Èistean: the historical background, c. 1493 – c.1700. In: Barrowman, R.C. (ed.) Dùn Èistean, Ness: The Excavation of a Clan Stronghold. Acair Press: Stornoway, UK) which gives a good historical perspective on the O'Muirgheasain family on Lewis and Harris. I am attaching a short paper I have written on the Morrisons which has some further references you might be able to follow up.
Posted: Mon May 30, 2016 1:42 am
Alex, there are lots of points for discussion in your paper. On one point, the MacMaurices who were supposedly descended from Buchanans, we see what appears contradictory evidence in the DNA results for McMorrises in Group F of the Morrison DNA Project. These McMorrises settled in County Tyrone in the North of Ireland. They match the Y-DNA of a number of Morrisons, but no Buchanans. These are apparently the only McMorrises for whom DNA results are available. The Buchanan DNA Project has stated there are no McMorrises who match Buchanans in that project. Settlement records for County Tyrone indicate the McMorrises there settled at the same time as other families from the Loch Lomond area, including Buchanans, Colquhouns, MacFarlanes, etc.
Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:46 am
I've often wondered about various spellings of the name for example Morison and Morisson.
Perhaps misspelling which has just stuck?
Like families going through Ellis Island?
Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:54 am
Spelling in Scotland was highly variable until recent centuries. Some of the different spellings are due to regional preferences and/or emigration before spellings were standardized in Scotland.
Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:04 am
O'Muirgheasain, apparently I am one, FTDNA 196477, a member of the Morrison project and of the Doherty project, originally of Inishowen, Donegal and with genetic relatives scattered throughout the Hebrides and western Scotland. Edit: The Doherty project includes several groups and the main group allows a genetic variance of 34/37 markers while I have a variance of 33/37 markers, which is as close as a Morrison could be without actually being a Doherty of the main group, and both Dohertys and Morrisons are commonly listed in church and government records going way back in time. Apparently the Doherty name can be spelled in well more than a hundred different ways and I have seen Morrison spelled in as many ways as a person could have of fingers and toes. - Doug