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Moses Name Meaning

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 Moise and Moshe.

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


Similar surnames: Moss, Mose, Moises, Moyes, Mones, Mosey, Osen, Maser, Moser, Mozes

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You can see how Moses families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Moses family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Moses families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 79 Moses families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Moses's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Moses families in 1840.
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What did your Moses ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Moses. 21% of Moses men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Moses women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Moses were Clerk and Cook.

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Cook
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Moses. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Moses. For the veterans among your Moses ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Moses lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Moses life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Moses in 1943 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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