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Moore Name Meaning

English: from Middle English more ‘moor marsh fen’ (Old English mōr) hence a topographic name for someone who lived in such a place or a habitational name from any of various places called with this word as for example Moore in Cheshire or More in Shropshire. English (of Norman origin): ethnic name from Old French more ‘Moor’ either someone from North Africa or more often a nickname for someone thought to resemble a Moor. Compare Morrell and Moreau . English (of Norman origin): from the Middle English personal name More (Old French More Maur Latin Maurus) originally denoting either ‘Moor’ or someone with a swarthy complexion (compare Morrell Morrin Morris and sense 2 above). There was a 6th-century Christian saint of this name. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mórdha ‘descendant of Mórdha’ a byname meaning ‘great proud’ or ‘stately’. Scottish: variant of Muir . Welsh: nickname from mawr ‘big great’ either describing a man's size or greatness (perhaps applied ironically) or as a means of distinguishing two men with the same name.7: Americanized form of Slovenian Mur .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: More, Mort, Moors, Motte, Mole, Mohr, Moores, Boone, Morel, Honore

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You can see how Moore families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Moore family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Moore families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6,647 Moore families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Moore's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Moore families in 1911.
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What did your Moore ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Moore. 32% of Moore men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Moore women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Moore were Carpenter and Teacher. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Teacher
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Moore life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Moore in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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