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The origins of the Morelli name are uncertain, but most scholars seems to agree that the name likely comes from the Latin term "maurus," used to describe either a Moor, or anyone of a markedly dark complexion. There have also been place names such as Morella, a town in the Spanish province of Casteldon de la Plana, and Morelli, Calabria, and the Morelli surname may have been taken on from the name of the place whence its original bearer hailed. This name can be found in forms with the typical Italian surname endings of "i" and "o," the former being characteristic of northern Italy, the latter, more typical in the South.
The surname Morelli was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where a family of this name has resided since the 14th century.
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Morelli include Morelli, Morčlli, Morello, Morčllo, Morella and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morelli research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1571, 1608, 1690, 1747, 1745, 1819 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Morelli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prominent among members of the family was Lazzaro Morelli (1608-1690), an Italian sculptor of the Baroque period; Ferdinando Morello of the Morello di Caltanissetta e di Messina family, who acquired the barony of Trabonello in 1747; James Morelli (1745-1819), an...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Morelli:
Morelli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Morelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Morelli Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morelli Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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