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Moore Surname History

(heathy mountain), in a fen, or any of the various settlements with this name --
derived from their location near the moor or fen. That version comes from the
Old English Mor. Occassionally, Moore is a nickname for the person with
swarthy complexion, and sometimes Moore is a Scottish or Welsh nickname for
the big man, from the Welsh Mawr (meaning big or great).

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Moore Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

IRELAND IRISH/CELTIC Territory: The O'More's were originally located in County Leix (now spelled Laois). They were the leading sept of the Seven Septs of Leix; the other six - O'Kelly, O'Lalor, O'Devoy or O'Deevey, McEvoy, O'Doran, and O'Dowling. The O'More's principle residence was Dunamase; a castled crag which served as their stronghold. The territory of Leix originally belonged to the kingdom of Leinster, but was taken by Ulster and divided into seven tribelands. The O'More family remained in Leix until they were transplanted to Kerry - after their subjugation by the English - by a 1609 treaty. History: The O'More family has a rich ancestral history. Their eponymous ancestor Mordha was twenty-first in descent from Conal Cearnach, a great hero of the Red Branch - Royal Knights of Emania. One of the many legends surrounding Conal tells of him being in Jerusalem and witnessing Christ's crucifixion. Conal can trace his ancestry back to Raudhri Mo/r - Roderick or Rory the Great.

Moore Meaning & Etymology

Notes for MOORE CLAN IN IRELAND: About The Moore Name Our MOORE name is derived from the Gaelic O'Mordha (descendant of Mordha, a name that meant "great" or "proud" in Gaelic), then changed to O'More and then was Anglicized to Moore - the same name of many families of Anglo-Norman descent. O' meaning grandson or descendant; and mordha meaning stately, noble, or majestic. These same Anglo-Norman Moore's are called de Mora in Irish.

Moore Life Expectancy

According to our database of 281,788 people with the last name Moore that have a birth and death date listed:

Life Expectancy

69.6
years

Most Common Moore First Names

According to our database of 436,199 people with the last name Moore that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • John 3.1%
  • James 3.1%
  • William 3.1%
  • Robert 2.1%
  • Mary 2.1%
  • Charles 1.6%
  • George 1.5%
  • Thomas 1.4%
  • Joseph 0.7%
  • Richard 0.7%
  • Edward 0.7%
  • Margaret 0.7%
  • David 0.7%
  • Henry 0.6%
  • Elizabeth 0.6%
  • Willie 0.6%
  • Walter 0.5%
  • Frank 0.5%
  • Helen 0.5%
  • Dorothy 0.5%
  • Michael 0.5%
  • Donald 0.5%
  • Arthur 0.5%
  • Ruth 0.5%
  • Harry 0.4%
  • Samuel 0.4%
  • J 0.4%
  • Harold 0.4%
  • Moore 0.4%
  • Albert 0.4%
  • Kenneth 0.4%
  • Paul 0.4%
  • Clarence 0.4%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Alice 0.4%
  • Raymond 0.3%
  • Anna 0.3%
  • Sarah 0.3%
  • Mildred 0.3%
  • Ethel 0.3%
  • Roy 0.3%
  • Betty 0.3%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Martha 0.3%
  • Ralph 0.3%
  • Fred 0.3%
  • Florence 0.3%
  • Howard 0.3%
  • Catherine 0.3%
  • Jack 0.3%

Moore Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

The Internet was used to research the Moores' in Ireland which has many different spellings such as More, O'Mora, O'More, O'Moore and finally anglicized as Moore. Notes for IRISH MOORE CLAN: About The Moore Name Our MOORE name is derived from the Gaelic O'Mordha (descendant of Mordha, a name that meant "great" or "proud" in Gaelic), then changed to O'More and then was Anglicized to Moore - the same name of many families of Anglo-Norman descent. O' meaning grandson or descendant; and mordha meaning stately, noble, or majestic. These same Anglo-Norman Moore's are called de Mora in Irish.

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