Morris

🏷  Semitic hidden ruler spook name · name   —   by Gerry · Nov 2018 · 382 words

The aristocratic name Morris may be a transcription of the Semitic name Mareshah meaning “from the top”.

Biblical name Mareshah meaning “from the top”

Just like the Rose part of Rosenberg and Roosevelt, the name Morris, plus its variants Morrison & Morrissey, may be a transcription of Semitic Rosh.

Mareshah itself is a Biblical name.

מראשה Mareshah : a place in Judah, also two Israelites — Old Hebrew (Strong)

The location of the Judean city-state is officially known. It has been excavated at Tell Mareshah.

Since M is a common prefix in Hebrew, and H is a common suffix, especially for vowelization in names, the actual root of the name should be ראש rˀš for “head”, which is also a title and a Biblical name.

ראש rosh : head, best, bodyguard, captain, chief, company, finest, first, leader, master, summit, top, topmost — Old Hebrew (Strong)

An M-prefixed variant would mean “from the top”, and occurs many times in the Bible. Since most other spook names are also titles like “ruler” or “secret ruler”, this is the most straightforward explanation.

Modern Morris variants

As with many other aristocratic names, there exist many variants with different meanings but similar spellings. This proves that all these names are transcriptions.

ThePeerage.com lists 1000s of Morris aristocrats, so I give you only some common variants here:

Possible variants in Greek & Latin

In the Greek Septuagint, the name is spelled as Μαρισα Marisa.

And the sons of Chaleb the brother of Jerameel, Marisa his first-born, the father of Ziph, and the sons of Marisa the father of Chebron.

καὶ υἱοὶ Χαλεβ ἀδελφοῦ Ιερεμεηλ· Μαρισα ὁ πρωτότοκος αὐτοῦ, οὗτος πατὴρ Ζιφ· καὶ υἱοὶ Μαρισα πατρὸς Χεβρων.

LXX 1 Chronicles 2:42

The name Μάρις Maris appears in Greek myth as a Lykian prince fighting in the Trojan War.

The most famous Roman mrš name is the god Mars. He is universally etymologically linked to Greek Ares and Etruscan Maris. This makes sense, as Semitic mrˀš is simply an M-prefixed rˀš. Ares may thus be the un-prefixed variant.

There are also similar Roman cognomina that may (or may not) be derivations of mrˀš:

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