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Many Irish surnames come from the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Morran is O Morain or O Moghrain, and is most likely derived from the word "mor" which means "big."

Morran Early Origins



The surname Morran was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.

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Morran Spelling Variations


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Morran Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Morran family name include Moran, O'Moran, Murrin, Murran and others.

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Morran Early History


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Morran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morran research. Another 413 words (30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morran Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Morran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Morran:

Morran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Morran, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • George Morran, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847

Morran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Morran arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • Margaretta Morran arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • Mary Morran arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • Margaretta Morran a domestic servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • Mary Morran a domestic servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Morran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Morran arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morran (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morran (post 1700)



  • Michael Morran (d. 2007), Scottish trainer for Glenafton Athletic, a Scottish football club, he 35 years of service were rewarded by a stand in his dedication which is named the "Mick Morran Stand"

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Lucent in tenebris
Motto Translation: They shine in darkness.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Morran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morran 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 27 February 2015 at 12:04.

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