Morales History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Morales family

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

Early History of the Morales family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morales research. Another 70 words (5 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.

Morales Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Morales 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 Morales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Morales migration to the United States +

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, who 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 [1]
  • Miguel De Morales, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Ines De Morales, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Anton De Morales, who arrived in America in 1814 [1]
  • Jose Miguel Morales, aged 23, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1821 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Morales (post 1700) +

  • Adele Carolyn Morales (1925-2015), American painter and memoirist, second wife of American author-playwright Norman Mailer
  • Pablo Morales (b. 1964), American Olympic swimmer
  • David Sánchez Morales (1925-1978), American Central Intelligence Agency operative who worked in Cuba
  • Aureo Diaz Morales, American politician, Member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1965-70 [2]
  • José Jurado Morales (b. 1900), Spanish poet and journalist
  • Carlos Luis Morales Benítez (1965-2020), Ecuadorian journalist and a football goalkeeper
  • Óscar Julio Vian Morales S.D.B. (1947-2018), Guatemalan Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guatemala (2010-2018)
  • Guillermo Enrique Morales Portillo (1937-2017), Venezuelan singer
  • 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
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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