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Where did the Spanish Moreno family come from? What is the Spanish Moreno family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moreno family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moreno family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Moreno family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Moreno, Morenos, Morena, Murena, Moratín, Moratin and many more.

First found in Castile, prominent among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moreno research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1596 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Moreno History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moreno Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso Moreno, who sailed to America in 1511
  • Francisco Moreno sailed to America in 1513
  • Juan Moreno sailed to New Spain in 1534 with his nephew Francisco
  • Sebastián Moreno sailed to New Spain in 1538 with his sons Alonso and Gonzalo
  • Pedro Moreno moved to Colombia in 1552


Moreno Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jose Moreno, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Pablo Moreno, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Pero Moreno, who landed in America in 1810
  • Anton Moreno, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Bartolome Moreno, who landed in America in 1813


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  • Antonio "Tony" Moreno (1887-1967), American actor and film director of the silent film era
  • Knowshon Rockwell Moreno (b. 1987), American NFL football running back
  • Ricardo Moreno, Spanish journalist
  • Esteban Moreno, Spanish painter
  • Matilde Moreno, Spanish actress
  • Catalina Sandino Moreno (b. 1981), Colombian actress
  • Rita Moreno (b. 1931), award-winning Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Luis Fernando Moreno, college mathematics/statistics instructor
  • Mary A Moreno, American government official and former president of the Miami Food Bank
  • Francisco P Moreno, Argentine naturalist and geographer

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  • Our Family, Facts and Fancies: The Moreno and Related Families by Regina Moreno Kirchoff Mandrell.
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  1. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  6. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  8. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Moreno Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moreno Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 22 January 2014 at 19:58.

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