Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Middle English more ‘moor’, ‘marsh’,
‘fen’, ‘area of uncultivated land’ (Old English mōr), hence
a topographic name for someone who lived in such a place or a
habitational name from any of the various places named with this word,
as for example Moore in Cheshire or More in Shropshire.
- English: from Old French more ‘Moor’ (Latin maurus).
The Latin term denoted a native of northwestern Africa, but in
medieval England the word came to be used informally as a nickname for
any swarthy or dark-skinned person.
- English: from a personal name
(Latin Maurus ‘Moor’). This name was borne by various early
Christian saints. The personal name was introduced to England by the
Normans, but it was never as popular in England as it was on the
- Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó
Mórdha ‘descendant of Mórdha’, a byname meaning
‘great’, ‘proud’, or ‘stately’.
- Scottish: see Muir.
- Welsh: from Welsh mawr ‘big’, applied as a nickname or
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