The surname can be of English,Irish or Scottish origin;it can be derived from several sources.The name was derived from residence in or near a moor,from the Old English mor, meaning ‘moor,marsh,fen’.It thus signifies a dweller by the moor.It was also a habitional name from any of the places so named in England,such as Moore in Ches or More in Shrops.It can also be derived from the old personal name More,which is from the old French name Maur,the latin name Maurus,meaning a ‘Moor’ or ‘swarthy as a Moor’.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 in the Continent. In Ireland the surname is an anglicization of the Gaelic O Mordha,from mordha meaning ‘stately,noble’.To the Scots and Welsh it was a nickname for a large man,from the Gaelic mor and from the Welsh mawr big,great.The surname dates as far back as the twelfh century,were a John atte Mor is recorded in historical archives.One of the founding fathers to bring this name to America is that of a Henry Moo… Coat of arms: Vert ten tref…
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