Origin of Surname
This name derives from the ancient French word meaning brown-skinned (Moorish) but the words was also used to mean a dark coloured cloth, so the surname may have indicated somebody's apparel as well as their skin.
It is a common name in Normandy and there are records of Rogerus Morel in 1198 and Jenah Morel in 1261.
Morellus is also found from 1080 as a given name and may have derived from the Gallo-Roman Maurellus and developed into Maurice and Morice.
The name is also found in Scotland as early as 1074, although the Jersey Morels almost certainly came from France.
The name features in the Assize Roll of 1309
The name first appears in St Saviour's baptism register in 1543. These individuals are known to predate the registers. Strangely for a family which has been present in the island for so long, and is still there today, there are only 75 recorded baptisms from 1543 to 1842
- Robert Morel was born in Trinity about 1448. He had a daughter Catherine in 1460 who married Guilleaume Binet in 1479
- Another Robert Morel was botn in St Martin or Grouville about 1450
- Cattherine Morel was born in Trinity in 1474 and married Guilleaume Binet
- Henry Morel was born in Grouville about 1502 and married Michelle Amy in 1545
- Perronnelle Morel, born in Grouville about 1522, was the daughter of Jean (1500- ) and married Guillaume Bisson in October 1542.
- Catherine Morel was born in St Martin about 1529
- Morel, 1299
- Mourel 1607
- Morell 1505
- Moreaus 1331
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