This is an ancient locational surname which derives from the village of Moorby, in Lincolnshire. This village was recorded as "Morebi" in the 1086 Domesday Book, and as Moreby in the 1254 Valuation of East Anglia. The origin is Norse-Viking "Mora-byr", translating as the farm or place (byr) by the fens (mora). The surname is found widely scattered and with equally wide variations of spelling. This suggests that in the 15th century the village was "cleared" either through plague, civil war or sheep farming, to enable the landlord to enclose the commons. The villagers forced to seek other habitations would take as their surname, the name of their village, hence the development of "sounds like" spelling forms. Examples of the name spelling include Henry Moorby who married Elizabeth Ely at St. Dunstan church, London on October 20th 1622, John Morby of Chelsea, on October 24th 1721 at Allhallows Church, and William Mourby (originally recorded as Morbay) a christening witness at St. Magnus the Martyr, London on March 13th 1808. The Coat of Arms most associated with the name is silver, on a blue bend, three six pointed pierced mullets in gold. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Elena de Moreby, which was dated 1379, in the Poll Tax Rolls of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Richard 11, known as "Richard of Bordeaux", 1377 - 1399. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mörby centrum (Stockholm Tunnelbana) — Mörby centrum U Bahnhof in Danderyds kommun …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mörby centrum metro station — Mörby centrum Stockholm Metro Station …   Wikipedia

  • Mörby Vandrarhem och B&B — (Мёрбюлонга,Швеция) Категория отеля: 2 звездочный отель Адрес: Bruksgatan 1 …   Каталог отелей

  • Mörby centrum — Metro station entrance inside the shopping mall Mörby centrum is a shopping mall in the municipality of Danderyd north of Stockholm. It is also the name of a station of the Stockholm Metro accessed from the shopping mall. Mörby Centrum was built… …   Wikipedia

  • Hotell Mörby - Danderyd Hospital — (Дандерюд,Швеция) Категория отеля: 3 звездочный отель Адрес: Keving …   Каталог отелей

  • Edwin S. Morby — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Edwin S. Morby (*1909), hispanista estadounidense. Profesor en la Universidad de Berkeley, dedicó gran parte de su labor investigadora a temas y problemas del teatro español, y en especial a la novelística de Lope de …   Wikipedia Español

  • George Morby Ingram — VC, MM (18 March 1889 1 July 1961) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.He was 29 years old, and a… …   Wikipedia

  • Edwin S. Morby — Edwin S. Morby, né en 1909, est un hispaniste des États Unis spécialiste du théâtre et de la prose du siècle d or espagnol. Professeur à l université de Berkeley, il est l auteur de plusieurs éditions critiques de référence d œuvres de Lope de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stockholm Metro — Stockholms tunnelbana Info Locale Stockholm Transit type Rapid transit …   Wikipedia

  • Nation Consulting — is a consulting firm based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that offers services to business, non profit and political clients. The firm s services include strategic consulting and planning, media relations and governmental relations. Contents 1 History… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.