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Moore Name Meaning

English: from Middle English more ‘moor’, ‘marsh’, ‘fen’, ‘area of uncultivated land’ (Old English mor), 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 Continent. 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 distinguishing epithet.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: More, Mort, Moors, Motte, Mole, Mohr, Moores, Boone, Morel, Honore

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You can see how Moore families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Moore family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Moore families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 994 Moore families living in New York. This was about 11% of all the recorded Moore's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Moore families in 1840.
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What did your Moore ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Moore. 16% of Moore men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Moore women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Moore were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 739,000 military records available for the last name Moore. For the veterans among your Moore ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Moore lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Moore life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Moore in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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