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Mori Name Meaning

Japanese: variously written, but most often with a character meaning ‘forest’, and denoting the sacred grove around a Shinto shrine. The character used to list the name in the Shinsen shojiroku means ‘guard’ or ‘keeper’. The name is mostly found in west-central Japan, the island of Shikoku, and in the Ryukyu Islands. Another name, properly Romanized as Mori, is written phonetically with the characters for ‘hair’ and ‘advantage’, but bearers of this name are also of the original Mori family. There were several daimyo families named Mori, the greatest originating in Aki (now part of Hiroshima prefecture). From their base in Choshu (Nagato: now part of Yamaguchi prefecture), they ruled much of western Honshu in the 16th century, until restricted by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to Choshu. Italian: patronymic form of Moro. German (Möri): from a pet form of the personal name Morhart (see Morath). Hungarian (Móri): habitational name for someone from a place called Mór in Fejér county of Hungary. Hungarian: patronymic from the personal name Mór, from Latin Maurus.

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


Similar surnames: Mari, Mora, Omori, Ori, Hori, More, Mars, Mort, Morin, Bodi

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You can see how Mori families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mori family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mori families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Mori family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Mori's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Mori families in 1840.
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What did your Mori ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mori. 20% of Mori men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Mori women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mori were Proprietor and Servant.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Servant
    9%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Mori. For the veterans among your Mori ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mori lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mori life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Mori in 1942 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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