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Origins of the Moore surname

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What does the name Moore mean?

The Moore surname has a number of hypothesised points of origin, and is popular throughout the English-speaking world. The most common believed source is in England, from the Middle English 'mor', which means a heath, or bog (sometimes referring to open land, and the modern usage of the word moor) and would be given to someone living at or on one of these geographic features. In Ireland, the surname Moore can derive from an anglicisation of the Gaelic 'mordha', which is given to someone who is noble or stately. More rarely, the name Moore could be given to an Isle of Man collector of manorial rent (a moar), or as a descriptive for someone of dark complexion (a moor).

Alternative variations of the name Moore

Moore, More, Moor, Moir, Moores

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Where do most Moores live?

In 1921, most Moores lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Moores

How common is your surname?

37th most common surname in the UK

We have 628,000 records for the Moore surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Moores most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Moore first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Moores

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Moores in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Moores in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner


Farm Hands




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