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Surname meaning for "Moses"
Jewish; also Welsh and English: from the Biblical name borne by the
Israelite leader who led the Israelites out of Egypt, as related in
the Book of Exodus. The Hebrew form of the name, Moshe, is
probably of Egyptian origin, from a short form of any of various
ancient Egyptian personal names, such as Rameses and
Tutmosis, meaning ‘conceived by (a certain god)’. However, very
early in its history it acquired a folk etymology, being taken as a
derivative of the Hebrew root verb mšh ‘draw (something from
the water)’, and was associated with a story of the infant Moses being
discovered among the bullrushes by Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:
1–10). Moses is the usual English spelling. As a Welsh
family name, it was adopted among Dissenter families in the 18th and
19th centuries. As a North American family name, it has absorbed forms
of the name from other languages, for example