Morante History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Many Irish surnames come from the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Morante is O Morain or O Moghrain, and is most likely derived from the word "mor" which means "big."
Early Origins of the Morante family
The surname Morante was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.
Early History of the Morante family
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Morante Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Morante are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Moran, O'Moran, Murrin, Murran and others.
Early Notables of the Morante family (pre 1700)
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Morante migration to the United States +
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Morante or a variant listed above:
Morante Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Juan Morante, who landed in America in 1816 
- I Morante, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 
- Jeronimo Morante, who arrived in New Spain in 1885 
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The Morante Motto +
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.
- ^ 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)