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Pronunciation: MOOR
Meaning: one from a marshy area, dark-skinned, great, stately, big
Related Names: Moor

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if surname



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: moore Origin: English,, Meaning (no case): one from a marshy area, dark-skinned, great, stately, big



Moore is a name with several different etymologies:

  • From the Middle English more, which is from the Old English mor, meaning “an area of uncultivated land,” “bog,” “marsh,” it’s a name for someone who lived in this kind of place. It’s also a name for someone who lived in a place named Moore (or one of its variants), such as: Moore in Cheshire or More in Shropshire, England. [1]
  • From the Old French more “Moor”, which is derived from the Latin maurus “dark-skinned.” As it was used in Latin, it referred to a person from Africa, but in England it was used as a nickname for anyone with dark skin.
  • From Irish, it’s a form of the Gaelic name Ó Mórdha and was used as a nickname meaning “great,” “proud,” or “stately.” [1]
  • From the Welsh mawr, a nickname which means “big.” [1]

People named Moore who immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s came, by and large, from England and Wales (Yorkshire and Lancashire). [1] They settled chiefly in New York, along the Great Lakes to Missouri, in the Southeast, and in Texas. [1]


Moore is the 9th most common surname in the United States [1] and the 33rd most common in England and Wales. [1]


Moore’s Law, stated by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, in 1965: The number of transistors that can be inexpensively placed on an integrated circuit will grow exponentially, doubling every two years. [1] Moore was correct; the trend has continued for 40 years, and is expected to continue for several more, at least. [1]


  • The number of towns and cities in the United States which contain the name Moore is indicative of how common a name it is in this country.
  • Alabama -- Moore Corner, Moores Crossroads, Moore Town, Moores Mill, Moores Valley, and Moores Bridge
  • Alaska -- Moore Creek
  • Arkansas -- Moores Mill and Moore
  • California -- Moores Flat and Moore
  • Delaware -- Moores Corner and Moores Acres
  • Florida -- Moore Haven
  • Georgia – Moore, Moores, and Moores Crossroads
  • Idaho – Moore
  • Illnois – Moores and Moores Corner
  • Indiana – Moore and Moores Hill
  • Iowa – Moores Siding
  • Kentucky – Moore, Moores Creek, and Moore Hill
  • Louisiana – Moore
  • Maryland – Moores Mill
  • Massachusetts – Moore Corner and Moores Corners
  • Michigan – Moore Park
  • Mississippi – Moores Mill
  • Missouri – Moore Settlement
  • Montana – Moore and Moores
  • New Jersey – Moore, Moores Mill, Moores Corner
  • New Mexico – Moore and Moore Place
  • New York – Moores Mill and Moore Landing
  • North Carolina – Moores, Moores Beach, Moores Crossroads, Moores Chapel, Moores Corner, and Moores Springs
  • Ohio – Moore, Moores Fork, Moores Corners, Moores Junction, and Moore Junction
  • Oklahoma – Moore
  • Pennsylvania – Moore and Moores Corners
  • South Carolina – Moore, Moores Crossroads, Moores Landing, Moores Corner, and Moore Crossroads
  • Tennessee – Moores, Moores Camp, Moores Chapel, and Moores Cross Roads
  • Texas – Moore, Moore Station, Moore Road Colonia, Moorefield Grove Estates Colonia, Moore Settlement, Moore Hill, Moores Crossing, and Moore Grove
  • Utah – Moore
  • Virginia -- Moores Corner, Moores Mill, Moores Corner, and Moores
  • Washington – Moore and Moores Corner
  • West Virginia – Moore [1]

  • Among the movies and television shows with the name Moore in the title are:
    • TV shows:
    • Movies:
      • The Wrath of Cactus Moore (1916)
      • Henry Moore (1947)
      • Henry Moore (1965)
      • The Lonely Passion of Brian Moore (1986)
      • Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: The Travels of Gatemouth Moore (1992)
      • Maggie Moore (2000)
      • The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2003)
      • Michael Moore Hates America (2004)
      • I Was Born Saying Moore (2006) [1]

  • A few movies with characters named Moore are:
    • Portrait of Jennie (1948)
    • The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953)
    • The Vault of Horror (1973)
    • Missing in Action (1984)
    • The Manhattan Project (1986)
    • Resilience (2006)
    • Fast Glass (2008) [1]


  • Christopher Moore, author of nine novels, one of which is the international bestseller, Lamb, has been referred to as “A very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.” [1]
  • Mary Tyler Moore (b. 12/29/1936) is best known for her television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), and for her role as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966). She has also appeared on the big screen in a number of movies, including Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) and Ordinary People (1980). [1]
  • Roger Moore (b. 10/14/1927) was Bond, James Bond in:
    • Live and Let Die (1973)
    • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
    • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
    • Moonraker (1979)
    • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    • Octopussy (1983)
    • A View to a Kill (1958) [1]
  • Demi Moore (b. 11/11/196) starred in several big movies in the 1990s:
    • Ghost (1190)
    • The Butcher's Wife (1991)
    • A Few Good Men (1992)
    • Indecent Proposal (1993)
    • G.I. Jane (1997),

and all but vanished at the end of the decade. [1]

  • Mandy Moore (b. 4/10/1984), pop singer turned actress, first appeared on the big screen in Street Rats (1996). She is best known for her roles in:
    • The Princess Diaries (2001)
    • A Walk to Remember (2002)
    • How to Deal (2003). [1]
  • Actors and actresses who are waiting in the wings:
    • Victor Moore (Swing Time (1936))
    • Owen Moore (A Star Is Born (1937))
    • Terry Moore (Mighty Joe Young (1949))
    • Matt Moore (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954))
    • Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger (1956))
    • Alvy Moore (A Boy and His Dog (1975))
    • Tedde Moore (A Christmas Story (1983))
    • Cameron Moore (Back to the Future Part II (1989))
    • Paul Moore (Philadelphia (1993))
    • Jane Sibbett (It Takes Two (1995))
    • Frank B. Moore (Scary Movie (2000))
    • P. Dion Moore (The Patriot (2000))
    • Darren Moore (I, Robot (2004))
    • Joel Moore (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004))
    • Kylie Moore (50 First Dates (2004))
    • Christine Moore (Hairspray (2007)) [1]


When choosing names for their children, more and more parents today look at the meanings of names, and matching the meaning of a first name with the meaning of a last name is a growing trend.

  • Looking at the “uncultivated” or “marsh” meanings of the name Moore, parents may choose:
    • Damia (f), which means “untamed.”
    • Adara, Alina, and Allyn (f), which mean “beautiful.”
    • Sheridan (m), a Celtic name meaning “untamed.”
    • Erwin, Ervin (m) are Gaelic names meaning “beautiful.” [1]
  • To go with the “dark-skinned” meaning of Moore, parents might consider one of the above names which means “beautiful.” Other names to consider could be:
    • Ebony (f), the black wood from the ebony tree. [1]
    • Melanie (f), which means “black,” or “dark.” [1]
    • Jett (m), an intense black color, “jett black.” [1]
  • First names which go well with the Irish “great,” proud,” “stately” meaning of Moore:
    • Gwenllian (f) was a Welsh royal name. [1]
    • Leilani (f) is a Hawaiian name which means “royal child of heaven.” [1]
    • Albert (m) means “noble,” “bright.” [1]
    • Cynefriđ (m) is an Anglo-Saxon name which means “royal peace.” [1]
    • Basil (m) means “royal,” “kingly.” [1]
  • When Moore means “big,” some fitting names would be:
    • Moreen (f) is a name which means “great.” [1]
    • Dai (f) means “great.” [1]
    • Grant (m) which means “tall,” “big.”
    • Taro (m) means “big boy.” [1]


Genealogists researching the name Moore may want to stop at:

Author: Madeleine Wieder


Facts about MooreRDF feed
Gender surname  +
Length 5  +
Meaning one from a marshy area, dark-skinned, great, stately, big  +
Meaningnc one from a marshy area, dark-skinned, great, stately, big  +
Name moore  +
Origin English  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation MOOR  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Moor  +
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