Moras History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Moras is a patronymic surname, created from the personal name Mauro, which is itself derived from the Latin name Maurus. Patronymic surnames were created from the name of the bearer's father or relative, and gradually during the Middle Ages, these names became fixed hereditary surnames.

Early Origins of the Moras family

The surname Moras was first found in Modena (Etruscan: Mutna; Latin: Mutina; Modenese: Mòdna), around the year 1179.

Early History of the Moras family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moras research. Another 30 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1375, 1639, 1636, 1677, 1735, 1526, 1555, 1546 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Moras History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moras Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Moras include Moro, Moras, Morasco, Morassi, Morasso, Morassut, Morassutti, Moratelli, Morati, Moratti, Moratto, Morazzi, Morero, Moreschi, Moraschi, Moresi, Moret, Moretti, Moretto, Morin, Morini, Morino, Moriotti, Moriotto, Morozzi, Morisco, Moresco, Morisi, Mori, Morimanno, Moroni, Morucchio, Morucci and many more.

Early Notables of the Moras family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Giacomo Morattinni who compiled volumes of statutory laws and legislation made from the year 1050 to 1375 in the region of Forli and Siena. Later, in the 17th century, Antonio Morelli was a member of the judiciary in Modena in 1639. There was also a merchant branch of the family who lived in Venice in 1636. Lorenzo del Moro (1677-1735), was an Italian painter of the Rococo period, active mainly in his native...
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Moras Ranking

In France, the name Moras is the 5,013rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [1]


United States Moras migration to the United States +

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Moras were

Moras Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Moras, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Jurg Philip Moras, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ 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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