Last name: Moore

This distinguished British surname recorded in a wide range of spellings including: More, Mores, Moor, Moores, Moors, and in Scotland Muir, has a number of possible origins. The first is a topographical name for someone who lived on a moor or in a fen, both of which were denoted by the Olde English pre 7th Century word "mor", or from one of the various villages so named such as Moore in the county of Cheshire, or More in Shropshire. Secondly it may have been a nickname for someone of dark or swarthy complexion. In this case the derivation is from the Old French "more", meaning dark-skinned. There was also a personal name of the same origin, which was borne by several early saints. The given name was introduced into England by the Normans, but was never as popular in England as on the Continent. In Ireland the surname originated as a form of the Gaelic O'Mordha, composed of the elements O', meaning descendant of, and Mordha, a byname translating as proud or stately. In Scotland and Wales the origination was as a nickname for a large man, from the Gaelic word mor or the Welsh mowr, both meaning great. The surname was first recorded in the late 11th Century (see below), and early examples of the surname recording include: William Mor, tax register known as the Feet of Fines for the county of Essex in the year 1198, and Matthew del More in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1275. One of the earliest settlers in the New World was Leonard Moore, who is recorded as "living at Elizabeth Cittee, Virginea" in 1624, having arrived on the ship "Bona Nova" in 1619. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de More. This was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Suffolk, during the reign of King William 1st of England, 1066 - 1087.

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arin moore

i need to find the meaning for my first and last name for a class project. ; )

Marie Taylor

Looking for information on Gertrude Moore was married to Martin Green out of Utility Louisiana and Chatahoula Parish. Gertrudes mother was Emma Franklin and she married Wesley Moore probaly sometime around mid 1800's and died 6 weeks after giving birth to Gertrude. Wesely went on to remarry and had 4 other children, names unknown. Would love to put the pieces of the family tree together. Based off of photos Gertrude was fair skinned as I was told she was Irish, not sured though. Being that my family is generation of mixed races, I'm not sure her birth place. Would love to get more info :

Samantha Moore

This is very interesting information. I know nothing of my father's family, through his father. I've asked questions regarding my great-grandparents but, sadly have not been provided with any information, not even names.

Jennifer Brown
I am looking for information on my Great-Grandfather whose name was James Hassler Moore. He married Helen Moore from a different set of Moores! I have searched high and low for anything on him, but have failed to find anything more than his marriage certificate. Please email me @ u!

Cindi Powell
I have a history on Louisiana Moores if anyone is interested. I have an article from 1976 that was likely from the Farmerville Gazette. My grandfather was James William Moore and was raised in Shilo community aka Bernice Louisiana. Robert Moore who lived in Scotland married Rosanna McClelland from Antrim County Ireland over 200 years ago. She was with the group A.R. Presbyterians. They settled in Newberry South Carolina. It is believed the Moores emigrated from Scotland to America. In 1799 Billy the Wagon Maker Moore was born in Newberry South Carolina. William and Sarah Tubb were married in 1821 and left for Perry County, Alabama. Four of their sons settled in Union Parish Louisiana in the Shiloh Community in 1849. The sister Rosanna was married to Governor Ruffin G. Pleasant. If anyone is interested in the history or article email me at

Summer Moore
Oh how interesting! we currently reside in Louisiana! My fathers family, however, hails from Ireland

Marie Taylor

Interesting! My great great grandmother Gertrude Moore from Utility parish as well as her father Wesley Moore who was married to Emma Franklin. What I was told was they came from Utility Lousiana. My grandmother Gertrude was very fair skinned and I was tood she was Irish decent, however, its a mystery. All I have are pictures of them all, but nothing more. Would love more information on Moore family so I can fill in the dots. Possibly Catachoula, Goodpine Louisiana or Utility Louisiana connections

Barrie Williams
Correction. The Welsh word for great is mawr not mowr

Clan Muir

Clan Muir
Lots of free educational information for Moore, Muir, More, etc...

Steven Moore
Never knew much about my dad's family from Louisiana, except my grandfather, Wm. Rob. Moore, supposedly died around 1920 from the Spanish Flu epidemic. His widow, children and their stepfather moved to Los Angeles about 1917. Was told I was of English descent.

C Adams
My mothers father had Indian ancestry. Could be that as well

donald moore
Levi Married Orpha in Pittsfield, Ill. in eary 1900 . .

donald moore
my g.faether name was levi moore married orphan Bartlett.

I am Carmon great granddaughter to Margret Moore who's family emigrated from Ireland when she was young to america were she moved to Canada to meet my great grandfather Par LaBar.

I am Gail Elizabeth Moore and my father was George Stephen Moore. I do not know much about my father's family except that he and his parents emigrated from England (Bournemouth area perhaps?) to Canada in the early 1900's - likely around 1915, and ended up in the Toronto area. He had a sister named Verna and a half brother names Michael. I'd love to find out more is there are any "connections" out there. It is interesting to read about the Moore name....I believe my ancestors came from Ireland originally.

I am Lenora Moore, born from Douglas McCarther Moore of Charleston, South Carolina, USA. His dad's name was Tallman Moore and his mother's maiden name was Reddish. We all look very irish, with all of having blue eyes and blonde or brown hair. We are very fair-skinned people and fit the description of the Moores originating from Ireland who later moved to UK and beyond. I reside on the east coast of the USA. Cool site!

owen sharp

"Ruth Moore Watrous '" this was her married name I have a picture of her and her brotherwhen she was a youg girl. Her hair was a Red auburn color her brother light brown .

Jennifer Sorensen Hollenbeck
This is exciting My Moms ,mothers, mom was Great Grand ma Ruth Moore . She was born 1894 Died in October 1992 she was 98 year old . I have been wondering where this name came from .

John Griffin
Here's a map for the surname in Britain and Ireland:

Harry Robert (Bob) Moore
My 5ggf, Samuel Moore, d June 1760, a pauper, in Cople Parish, Westmoreland Co. VA, m Jane Lamkin whos' family had land, and can be traced. I have his line complete down to me, but hit a wall, on his ancestry. Samuel had a contemporary, William Moore, recorded in the County, but there was no known blood line connection. I have done research in the Montross, VA, Family History Center, found many facts on Samuel's life, etc., and sent WEB inquiries to GenWeb, Roots, etc., sites for Samuel's origins, but without results over the past 20 odd years. Also, researched sites in G. Britain, and Ireland, and only found links for William Moore to English/Irish Peerage. If Samuel is related to William, it is not a 'conventional' family link. The only information about me in Salt Lake is what I put there myself. Any suggestions, please. F

My husband's family name is Moore, and he is tall, slender, dark hair and eyes, but their origin is American Indian. It is interesting to see the history of these names. My father's name was Moon, and my mother's maiden name was Sire' and she was French.

I have Moores in my family who are very swarthy looking (dark hair, eyes, skin) and I didn't really think they looked English or celtic. I have had a hard time tracing their heritage.

Very insightful!! my name is Moore and wondered about its origins.