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Moore Name Meaning

English: from Middle English more ‘moor’, ‘marsh’, ‘fen’, ‘area of uncultivated land’ (Old English mor), hence a topographic name for someone who lived in such a place or a habitational name from any of the various places named with this word, as for example Moore in Cheshire or More in Shropshire. English: from Old French more ‘Moor’ (Latin maurus). The Latin term denoted a native of northwestern Africa, but in medieval England the word came to be used informally as a nickname for any swarthy or dark-skinned person. English: from a personal name (Latin Maurus ‘Moor’). This name was borne by various early Christian saints. The personal name was introduced to England by the Normans, but it was never as popular in England as it was on the Continent. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mórdha ‘descendant of Mórdha’, a byname meaning ‘great’, ‘proud’, or ‘stately’. Scottish: see Muir. Welsh: from Welsh mawr ‘big’, applied as a nickname or distinguishing epithet.

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

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

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Moore Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Moore name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Moore. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Moore Family Origin

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Moore Family Occupations

What did your Moore ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Moore family was Going To School. The most common Moore occupation in Canada was Farmer. 31% of Moore's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Moore.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School

  • Going To School


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Moore Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4 million census records available for the last name Moore. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Moore census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 426,000 immigration records available for the last name Moore. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 739,000 military records available for the last name Moore. For the veterans among your Moore ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Moore Life Expectancy

What is the average Moore lifespan?

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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