This surname of MORRO was a locational name 'of the moor-row', - cottages on the moor. The name was taken to Ireland by settlers where it is even more common now in Ulster than in England. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. In Fermanagh the name is usually spelt MacMORROW, and English variants include MARROW, MORROW and MORRER. Local names denote where a man lived or where the man held land. Early records of the name mention Willelmus de MORERAUE of the County of Yorkshire who was recorded in the year 1379 and William MORROW was listed in the Wills at Chester in the year 1591. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. A later instance of the name mentions Umphrey MARROW and Ellyn Todd who were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1567. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.
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