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Noble surnames, such as Morales, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Morales, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. This noble Spanish family lived near a mulberry or blackberry bush. Thus, Morales is a topographic surname, which is the type of local surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The name was originally derived from the Spanish word "mora," which means "mulberry."

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The surname Morales was first found in Castile, prominent among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Morales, Moral, Morilla, Morillas, Moraleda and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morales research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the year 1232 is included under the topic Early Morales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among members of the family were sixteenth century Spanish painter Luis de Morales; sixteenth century Spanish poet and painter Jerónimo de Mora; sixteenth century Spanish historian Ambrosio de Morales y Oliva; seventeenth century Spanish playwright Cristóbal de Morales; seventeenth century Spanish nobleman and court official Lope de...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Morales Settlers in United States in the 15th Century

  • Andrés Morales (1477-1517), who accompanied Columbus on his third expedition to America in 1498

Morales Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Isabel de Morales, went to New Spain in 1562
  • María de Morales, arrived in Nicaragua in 1563
  • Gabriel de Morales, moved to Honduras in 1563
  • Elvira de Morales,settled in New Spain in 1566 with her children Cristóbal and Francisca

Morales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Manuel Morales, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Miguel De Morales, who landed in America in 1811
  • Ines De Morales, who landed in America in 1813
  • Anton De Morales, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Jose Miguel Morales, aged 23, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1821
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  • Adele Carolyn Morales (1925-2015), American painter and memoirist, second wife of American author-playwright Norman Mailer
  • Aureo Diaz Morales, American politician, Member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1965-70
  • Pablo Morales (b. 1964), American Olympic swimmer
  • David Sánchez Morales (1925-1978), American Central Intelligence Agency operative who worked in Cuba
  • José Jurado Morales (b. 1900), Spanish poet and journalist
  • Jaime Moreno Morales (b. 1974), former Bolivian footballer
  • Jacobo Morales (b. 1934), Puerto Rican actor, writer and director considered to be the most influential film director in Puerto Rico's history
  • Amado Rigoberto Morales (b. 1947), retired javelin thrower from Puerto Rico, who competed for his native country during the 1970s and the 1980s
  • Juan Antonio Rios Morales (1888-1946), Chilean political figure, and President of Chile from 1942 to 1946
  • Ramón Villeda Morales (1908-1971), President of Honduras from 1957 to 1963
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    Other References

    1. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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