Morisco History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Morisco 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 Morisco family

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

Early History of the Morisco family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morisco 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 Morisco History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Morisco Spelling Variations

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 Morisco 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 Morisco 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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United States Morisco migration to the United States +

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Morisco:

Morisco Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Vito Morisco, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from Carbonara, in 1900
  • Giovanni Morisco, aged 26, who landed in America from Bari, Italy, in 1910
  • Felice Morisco, aged 23, who settled in America from Nola, Italy, in 1912
  • Addolorata Morisco, aged 21, who landed in America from Montescaglisso, Italy, in 1913
  • Antonio Morisco, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Seviano, Italy, in 1920
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