Show ContentsMorata History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Morata 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 Morata family

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

Early History of the Morata family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morata research. Another 30 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1375, 1639, 1636, 1677, 1735, 1451, 1475, 1526, 1555, 1546 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Morata History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morata Spelling Variations

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Morata. These spelling variations 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 Morata 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 Florence. Cristoforo Moretti (1451-1475), was an Italian...
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United States Morata migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Morata:

Morata Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacinto Morata Cochaza who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Jacinto Morata, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]
  • Silvestre Morata, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1880 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Morata (post 1700) +

  • Rosa Morata, American actress, known for Shirley Temple Story (1976), Dafnis y Cloe (1969) and If They Tell You I Fell (1989)
  • Rosa Morata Martínez, Spanish actress, known for Nissaga de poder (1996)
  • Alain Morata, Philippines actress, known for Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal (2006)
  • Álvaro Borja Morata Martín (b. 1992), Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker, known for EURO 2020 European Qualifiers (2019), UEFA Champions League (1994) and Emigratis (2016)
  • Ginés Morata Pérez ForMemRS (b. 1945), Spanish Research Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain and an expert in developmental biology of the fruit fly (Drosophila)
  • Aurora Morata (b. 1961), Spanish gymnast who competed in five events at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Christian Joseph Morata Bautista (b. 1981), more popularly known by his screen name Christian Bautista, is a Filipino singer, actor, host, and model

  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) on Facebook