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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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Clan Muir

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

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

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!

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.

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 :

arin moore

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