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Where did the English Moore family come from? What is the English Moore family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moore family history?

The Moore surname in England arose independently from several sources. The name was topographic, for someone who lived near a moor, from Middle English more word "moor," meaning "an area of uncultivated land." It was taken on as a surname from an existing place name such as Moore in Cheshire or More in Shropshire. And, it also evolved from the personal name Moore, which came to Britain with the Normans.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Moore, Moor and others.

First found in Leicestershire, before the name had made its way to Ireland; their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moore research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1711, 1216, 1272, 1185, 1186, 1227, 1201, 1205, 1296, 1595, 1657, 1599, 1650, 1649, 1618, 1695, 1671, 1672, 1617, 1679, 1627, 1621, 1630, 1688, 1646, 1714, 1691, 1707, 1707, 1714, 1657, 1715 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Moore History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 331 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moore Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Moore, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Isaac Moore (1622-1705), who emigrated to America aboard the Increase in 1635 to become one of the founding settlers of Norwalk, Connecticut and served in the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk in the October 1657 session
  • John Moore, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636
  • James Moore, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Dorothy Moore, who arrived in Virginia in 1637

Moore Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Cornelius Moore, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Aaron Moore, who immigrated to Virginia in 1744
  • Colin Moore, listed as a Scot banished to the America colonies in 1747
  • Charles Moore, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1749

Moore Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alex Moore, sailed to America from Northern Ireland in 1805
  • Patrick Moore, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Ann Moore, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1812
  • Adam Moore, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • David Moore, aged 30, landed in South Carolina in 1812


  • Michael Francis Moore (b. 1954), American Academy Award winning writer, actor, and political activist, best known for his films Bowling for Columbine (2002) and Sicko (2007)
  • Demi Moore (b. 1962), born Demi Guynes Kutcher, American multiple award winning film actress
  • Private Albert Moore (1862-1916), American marine awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Archibald Lee Wright Moore (b. 1913), American boxer
  • Robert Lee Moore (1882-1974), American mathematician
  • Julianne Moore (b. 1960), American actress and children's book author
  • Mary Tyler Moore (b. 1936), American actress best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (197077)
  • James T. Moore (1952-2006), award-winning American meteorologist
  • Marianne Craig Moore (1887-1972), Pulitzer Prize and Book Award-winning American poet
  • Stanford Moore (1913-1982), American biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1972



  • The Benjamin Moore Family of Burlington County, New Jersey by Edmund E. Moore.
  • The Cary-Estes-Moore Genealogy by Helen Estes Seltzer.

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The Moore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moore Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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