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Many Irish surnames come from the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Moran is O Morain or O Moghrain, and is most likely derived from the word "mor" which means "big."

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The surname Moran was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Moran were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Moran, O'Moran, Murrin, Murran and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moran research. Another 413 words (30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Moran family in North America:

Moran Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Denis Moran, who settled in South Carolina in 1672

Moran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Moran, who landed in America in 1792
  • Amand Moran, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1795
  • Charles Moran, who arrived in New York in 1798

Moran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Moran, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Nicholas Moran, aged 46, landed in New York in 1812
  • Damian Moran, who arrived in America in 1826
  • Noria Maria Moran, aged 44, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Carlos Moran, aged 36, landed in New Orleans, La in 1831
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Moran Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Matthias Moran U.E. who settled in St. Martins, Saint John County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Kings Orange Rangers
  • Mr. William Moran U.E. who settled in St. Martins, Saint John County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Kings Orange Rangers

Moran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Moran, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • David Moran, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Owen Moran, who landed in Quebec in 1832
  • Ann Moran, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • George Moran, who came to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
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Moran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Moran, English convict from Chatham, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas Moran a coachsmith, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Patrick Moran arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Ann Moran, aged 40, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Mary Moran, aged 18, a laundry maid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge"
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Moran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Moran, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Ann Moran, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Joseph Moran, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
  • Julia Moran, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
  • Joseph Moran, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
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  • Thomas J. Moran (1930-2015), American restaurateur, businessman, and philanthropist, founder of TJ Ribs and Ruffino's Italian Restaurants
  • Tim Moran (1918-2014), American educator and politician, Member of the Utah House of Representatives (1984-1996)
  • Thomas Moran (1837-1926), English-born, American painter and printmaker
  • Dolores Moran (1924-1982), American film actress and model
  • Erin Marie Moran (b. 1960), American actress, best known for the role of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days
  • Mary Nimmo Moran (1842-1899), prominent American 19th century landscape artist
  • Robert Moran (b. 1937), renowned American composer of operas and ballets
  • Jason Moran (b. 1975), American jazz pianist
  • Daniel Keys Moran (b. 1962), American science fiction writer
  • Kevin Moran (b. 1956), Irish footballer
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Moran Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Moran, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Evelyn Maggie  Moran (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Patrick Moran, Irish Fireman from Erren, Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Moran, Irish Greaser from Erren, Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Bertha Bridget Moran, aged 28, Irish Third Class passenger from Askeaton, Limerick who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16
  • Mr. Daniel James Moran (d. 1912), aged 27, Irish Third Class passenger from Askeaton, Limerick who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Lucent in tenebris
Motto Translation: They shine in darkness.

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    Other References

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    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Moran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moran 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.

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