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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Morena

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  • A user from South Africa says the name Morena is of African origin and means "King".
  • According to a user from Brazil, the name Morena is of Portuguese origin and means "In portuguese (the oficial language of her born country) literally means brunette".
  • A submission from South Africa says the name Morena means "Means:to be rich:a leader:and a king" and is of African origin.
  • A submission from Nigeria says the name Morena means "Second child" and is of Yoruba origin.
  • A submission from Massachusetts, United States says the name Morena means "Sweet, Golden Brown" and is of Unknown origin.
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From Sotho morena, Northern Sotho morena, Tswana morena, from mo- (“personal class prefix”) + rena (“to be rich, to be a leader”).

  1. (South Africa) Someone in authority, a master or leader, especially among Sotho-speakers. (Chiefly as a form of address.) [from 19th c.]

morena was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tswana

Notable Persons Named Morena

Morena Baccarin is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001. Morena was given the name Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin on June 2nd, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Morena is a singing. Morena was born in 1984. Morena is also known as Margaret Camilleri.


Morena was born on January 18th, 1974.


Morena was born on January 22nd, 1985 in Zagreb.


Morena was born on February 19th, 1993.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Morena

Cris Morena is a television producer, former actress, former television presenter, composer, musician, songwriter, writer, and former fashion model. Cris was given the name María Cristina De Giacomi on August 23rd, 1950 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


She holds the title Miss Switzerland 1982 and Miss Switzerland1982. Lolita was given the name Lolita Laure Morena on October 15th, 1960 in Cantiano.


Fernando Morena is a soccer player for the Racing Club de Montevideo, Club Atlético River Plate (Montevideo), Peñarol, Rayo Vallecano, Valencia CF, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Boca Juniors, and Uruguay national football team. Fernando was born on February 2nd, 1952 in Punta Gorda, Montevideo, Uruguay.


Morena is a singing. Morena was born in 1984. Morena is also known as Margaret Camilleri.


José was given the name José Ramón de la Morena Pozuelo on November 21st, 1956 in Brunete.


Rosa Morena is a flamenco singing, dance, actor, and model (people). Her ongoing career started in 1951. Rosa was given the name Manuela Otilia Pulgarín González on July 11th, 1941 in Badajoz. Rosa is also known as Rosa Morena.


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Popularity of Morena as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Morena U.S.
  White 47.20% 64.26%
  African American 1.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.15% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.13% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.89% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 46.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Morena

People with the last name Morena are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Morena

  • How Popular is the name Morena? Morena is the 23,260th most popular name of all time. As a last name Morena was the 16,933rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Morena have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 265 babies born with the first name Morena in the United States. That's more than enough people named Morena to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Morena? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1957 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Morena first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Morena is Saturday, August 3rd, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Morena born? The highest recorded use of the first name Morena was in 1997 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Random Morena Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Morena is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Morena: Your name in reverse order is Anerom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mnaoer. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Morena? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,680 people with the last name Morena.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Morena? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Morena as their last name since less than 1 person in 175k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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