Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: variant spelling of Muir.
- Welsh: from
mawr ‘big’ (see Moore).
- French: nickname for a
dark-skinned person, from Old French more ‘Moor’ (Latin
maurus) (see Moore 2).
- French (also
Moré): nickname from Old French of more ‘Moor’ or
from moré, moret ‘dark brown’ (diminutive forms).
The term was also used to refer to dark-colored cloth.
(Moré): from a short pet form of a Germanic personal name
beginning with Maur-, Mor- ‘Moor’, for example,
Morbold (+ bold ‘bold’, ‘brave’) or Morbert (+
berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’).
- Indian (Maharashtra);
pronounced as two syllables: Hindu (Maratha) name, probably from
Marathi mor ‘peacock’ (Sanskrit mayūra). It is based
on the name of a Maratha clan.
- Richard More (1614–c.1695), the illegitimate son of
Jacob Blakeley and Katherine More, wife of Samuel More, was shipped to
America aboard the Mayflower to be raised with the Pilgrims
and avoid the social stigma of being bastardized. He became a mariner
and sea captain with polygamous families on both sides of the
ocean. Nicholas More, born in England, emigrated to PA in 1682 and
became chief justice of PA and the lower counties.
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