Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Morrane is O Morain or O Moghrain, and is most likely derived from the word "mor" which means "big."
Early Origins of the Morrane family
County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.
Early History of the Morrane family
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Morrane Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Morrane family name. Variations found include Moran, O'Moran, Murrin, Murran and others.
Early Notables of the Morrane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Morrane family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Morrane or a variant listed above, including: Alice Moran, who came to Vermont in 1844; Amand Moran, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1795; Andrew Moran, who came to New York in 1840; Bridget Moran, who came to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1847.
The Morrane 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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