Mora History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Noble surnames, such as Mora, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Mora, 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, Mora 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."

Early Origins of the Mora family

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

Important Dates for the Mora family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mora research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1232 is included under the topic Early Mora History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mora Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Mora family (pre 1700)

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 Mora Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mora migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mora Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Francisco de Mora, who immigrated to Peru in 1560 with his wife Luisa Jerónima
  • Alonso de Mora, settled in New Granada in 1565
Mora Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fernando De Mora, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Alonso De Mora, who landed in America in 1817 [1]
  • Francisca Mora, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1822 [1]
  • Gonzalo De Mora, who landed in America in 1828 [1]
  • Feliz DeLa Mora, aged 44, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mora (post 1700)

  • Sergio Mora (b. 1980), Mexican-American boxer and former World Boxing Council light middleweight champion
  • Jim L. Mora (b. 1961), American former NFL head coach, son of Jim E. Mora
  • Jim E. Mora (b. 1935), American former NFL and UFL head coach
  • F. Luis Mora (1874-1940), Hispanic American artist and illustrator
  • Víctor Mora (1931-2016), Spanish comic book writer
  • Sergio Mora Sánchez (b. 1979), Spanish footballer
  • José Francisco Mora (b. 1981), Spanish footballer
  • Christiane Mora (1938-2017), French politician, Mayor of Loches (1989-1995)
  • Andrés Mora Ibarra (1955-2015), Mexican Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1976 to 1980, inducted into the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Jairo Mora Sandoval (d. 2013), Costa Rican environmentalist murdered while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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