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Surname Moran - Origin Spanish or Irish ? Information

Declan Moran (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jul 1999 12:01AM GMT
While in Spain I read that the names origin is the following: In northern Spain near "Covadonga" a few hundred years ago, as the Spanish were starting to force the Moors of North Africa to retreat, the daughter of a Spanish king was made pregnant by a Moore warrior. The name given to the offspring was Moran which in a strange way meant "of the moore".
While travelling in the north of Spain myself, I stopped at a hotel in a small town one night. To my amazement the receptionist told me that my surname was very common in the that town.
I should point out that the north of Spain and especially that town are on the Atlantic ocean. So is Ireland. Travel between the two, although very difficult was possible.
The Irish name Moran (or at least the Irish names from which it has been anglicised) is very old. If the Spanish believe that their name Moran is only a few hundred years old as the story about Covadonga suggests then I would say that the Spanish name probably comes from the Irish name as the Irish one is older.
Please let me know if anybody knows anything about this subject.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
M. Gangotena 23 Jul 1999 9:22PM GMT 
Declan Moran 27 Jul 1999 4:49AM GMT 
Declan Moran 28 Jul 1999 6:01AM GMT 
cooksfunny 30 Jul 1999 11:34PM GMT 
SCBrownhill 9 Feb 2001 4:29AM GMT 
cmaley2091 12 Feb 2001 3:38PM GMT 
SCBrownhill 12 Feb 2001 8:36PM GMT 
Moran, Roberto 12 Oct 1999 11:09PM GMT 
Joyce Walls nee Moran 4 Dec 1999 9:26AM GMT 
Jim 31 Mar 2000 7:43AM GMT 
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