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Where did the Italian Morello family come from? What is the Italian Morello family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morello family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morello family history?

The origins of the Morello 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 Morello 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.

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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 Morello include Morelli, Morèlli, Morello, Morèllo, Morella and many more.

First found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where a family of this name has resided since the 14th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morello 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 Morello History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

Morello Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Felix Morello, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • I C Morello, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • James Morello, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1856

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  • Thomas Baptiste "Tom" Morello (b. 1964), Grammy Award winning American guitarist
  • Joseph Albert "Joe" Morello (1928-2011), American jazz drummer, best known for his work with The Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Mary Morello (b. 1924), American activist who founded the anti-censorship group Parents For Rock And Rap in 1987
  • Steven J. Morello, American lawyer who served as General Counsel of the Army from 2001 to 2004
  • Dario Morello (b. 1968), retired Italian professional football player
  • Enrico Morello (b. 1977), Italian professional football player
  • Giuseppe Morello (b. 1985), Swiss-Italian footballer
  • Martín Morello (b. 1983), Argentine footballer


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  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Morello Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morello 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.

This page was last modified on 22 December 2014 at 09:48.

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