Moreno History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Moreno family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.
Early Origins of the Moreno family
The surname Moreno was first found in Castile, prominent among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Moreno family
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Moreno Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Moreno, Morenos, Morena, Murena, Moratín, Moratin and many more.
Early Notables of the Moreno family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Miguel Moreno (1596-1655), a Golden Age Spanish poet and writer; 18th century Spanish military officer Vicente Moreno Romero; 18th century Spanish composer Juan Moreno y Polo; 18th century Spanish naval officer Juan Joaquín Moreno; 19th century Argentinian chemist Manuel Moreno; 19th century...
Moreno World Ranking
In the United States, the name Moreno is the 247th most popular surname with an estimated 106,941 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Moreno is ranked the 419th most popular surname with an estimated 10,190 people with that name.  And in South America, the name Moreno is the 43rd popular surname with an estimated 92 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Moreno Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
Moreno Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Moreno Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century