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Where did the Irish Moore family come from? 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?

There are several distinct sources of the Moore surname in Ireland. Most of the name find their roots with the Anglo-Norman "Strongbow" invasion of the 12th century. Many of these became de Mora. Others derived from the Old Irish "O Mordha," from the word "mordha," meaning "stately," or "noble." The English surname Moore is derived from the personal name "More," which is itself derived from the Old French word "maur," meaning "Moor."


Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Moore that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Moore, More, Moor, O'More, Moores, Mores, McMore, Moire, Moare, MacMoore, McMoir, Moir, Moors, O'Moore, O'Moire, McMoare, MacMoir, MacMoare, Mooer and many more.

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 247 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1621, 1730, 1822, 1791, 1729, 1799, 1795, 1557, 1600, 1655, 1641, 1620, 1655, 1641, 1767, 1799, 1798, 1706, 1700 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Moore History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 245 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great number of Irish families left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia and North America. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name Moore:

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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