Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Di morra was derived from the place named Morra De Sanctis, in the province of Avellino.
Early Origins of the Di morra family
Early History of the Di morra family
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Di morra Spelling Variations
local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Di morra. These spelling variations include Morra, di Morra, Mora, Di Mora and others.
Early Notables of the Di morra family (pre 1700)
Spain and was made Archbishop of Otratanto. Isabella di Morra (ca. 1520-1546) was an Italian poet of the Renaissance; she was forced by...
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Migration of the Di morra family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Di morra: Giuseppe Morra, who arrived in New Castle County, Delaware, in 1853; Adele Marra, aged 12, who arrived at Ellis Island from Solofra, Italy, in 1920; Afuete Marra, aged 62, who arrived at Ellis Island from Alafuano, Italy, in 1911.
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