The Moran name is both old and proud in numerous countries, including Ireland, Spain ,France and Italy. Moran in Spain is as common as Smith in the USA, especially Andulucia. The Spanish Armada of 1588 was said to have had many Moran crew members so when that great fleet floundered on the shores of Ireland, those Catholic sailors were welcomed and hid by the Irish from treir common enemy, the English. Many say that the origin of the Moran name in the land of St Patrick was from this source. However, the abandoned church cemetary at Cong, Co Mayo (where "The Quiet Man" was filmed) is full of Moran tombstones dating back to the 14th century, so that would preclude the Spanish armada story. Moran is also fairly common in France with at least two Morans traveling to England with Billy the Conc in 1066. Italy also has a fair sprinkling of Morans, but no one seems able to nail down the beginnings of Morans in that country, but the name was recorded in Venice as early as the 12th century. Hope this adds to the discussion .