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

There are several distinct sources of the Moores 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 Moores is derived from the personal name "More," which is itself derived from the Old French word "maur," meaning "Moor."

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A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Moores has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moores 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 Moores History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Moores:

Moores Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edmund Moores, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Richard Moores, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Robert Moores, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Marie Moores, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1659

Moores Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Ernst Moores, who landed in New York in 1850
  • J R Moores, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

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  • John Jay Moores (b. 1944), American entrepreneur and philanthropist, owner of the San Diego Padres
  • Frank Duff Moores (1933-2005), Newfoundland politician, 2nd Premier of Newfoundland
  • Ian Richard Moores (1954-1998), English footballer
  • Sir John Moores CBE (1896-1993), British businessman and philanthropist, founder of Littlewoods retail company
  • Peter Moores (b. 1962), former English county cricketer
  • Sir Peter Moores CBE, DL (b. 1932), British businessman, art collector and philanthropist
  • David R Moores (b. 1945), English honorary life president of Liverpool F.C
  • Mr. Richard Henry Moores (d. 1912), aged 44, English Trimmer from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Conlan-a-bu
Motto Translation: Conlan forever.

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The Moores Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moores 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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