NOTES ON SURNAMES (HULL) 35
MORROD This appears to be a Yorkshire surname, and a rare one. The earliest notice of it that I have to date is the enrolment as a burgess of Hull of John Morrod, cork cutter, 15th February 1738 (Bench Book). He may be the John Morrod whose daughter Ann was baptised at Holy Trinity, Hull, 4th May 1743. But was he the John Morrod, cork cutter, plying his trade in 1781 (Directory)?
Another John Morrod was a gardener in Cottingham in 1823 (Directory). Morrod was the surname of a troublesome family of Cottingham, as witnessed by the following –
Charles Morrod, labourer, and John Morrod, labourer, fined for nuisance, 1808
Charles Morrod (with others) “riot, rescue, and assaulting constables in the execution of their office”, jailed for six months, 1821
John Morrod, battery, six months, 1824
Mark and Thomas Morrod, battery, bound over for 12 months
Mark Morrod (with others), riot,six months hard labour, 1828
John Morrod, assault, fined, 1833.
(All from A.H. Stamp, “More Cottingham Essays” 1988)
As to the meaning of Morrod I have to resort to speculation.
One possibility, locative, an altered form of Moor Road, or Moor Wood. There are places named Moorwood in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and other counties. internal Ws are often lost in the pronunciation of place names and surnames.
A Ralph de Morewode is recorded in Lincolnshire in 1275; and Morewod is a surname in the Poll Tax assessments for Yorkshire, 1379.
Another possibility is that this derives from the Norman-French name Maureward, ‘bad look’ (Scowling? Ugly?). There was a landowning family of the name in Lincolnshire in the 13th century.