Moir History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Moir family

The surname Moir was 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.

Important Dates for the Moir family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moir research. Another 124 words (9 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 Moir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moir Spelling Variations

Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Moir revealed the following spelling variations: 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.

Early Notables of the Moir family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Rory O'More (d. 1557) and his son Rory Og O'More, who were both Irish leaders in the wars against the English (Tudor) Kings; Rory O'Moore (Roger O'Moore, O'More, Sir Roger Moore) (c.1600-1655), an Irish landowner of ancient lineage, most notable for being one of the four principal organizers of the Irish Rebellion of 1641; Rory "Roger" More...
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Moir migration to the United States

Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Moir:

Moir Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Moir, who settled in Boston in 1651
  • Elizabeth Moir, who arrived in Virginia in 1684
Moir Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Moir, who settled in Boston in 1703
  • James Moir, who landed in North Carolina in 1739 [1]
  • Henry Moir, who was banished to America from 1748
  • Alexander Moir, who arrived in West Indies in 1766
  • Andrew, Jane, and James Moir, who all, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Moir Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Moir, who arrived in New York in 1835 [1]
  • Charles Moir, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1868 [1]
  • Joseph and Robert Moir, who settled in Philadelphia in 1874
  • Geoge Moir, who landed in Arkansas in 1891 [1]

Moir migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moir Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Agnes Moir, who arrived in Montreal in 1825
Moir Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • H Moir, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Moir migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Moir Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Matilda Moir, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]

Moir migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Moir Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. A. Moir, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [3]
  • Mrs. Moir, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [3]
  • Child Moir, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [3]
  • Miss Isabella Moir, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [3]
  • Walter Moir, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Moir (post 1700)

  • John Moir (1915-1975), Scottish-born American professional basketball player
  • Charles "Charlie" Moir (b. 1930), American former college basketball coach
  • Percy M. Moir, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Philippine Islands, 1920, 1924 (alternate) [4]
  • John T. Moir, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1912 [4]
  • James Moir, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900 [4]
  • Sir Christopher Ernest Moir (b. 1955), English peer, 4th Baronet Moir of Whitehanger, County of Sussex
  • Scott Moir (b. 1987), Canadian ice dancer, he and Tessa Virtue are the 2010 Olympic champions, the 2010 and 2012 World Champions, the 2008 & 2012 Four Continents Champions, the 2006 World Junior Champions
  • Sheri Moir (b. 1981), Canadian figure skater
  • Rob Moir, Canadian professor of economics
  • Richard Moir (b. 1950), Australian actor
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Moir family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Euphemia Sanders Moir (1881-1914), née Prior Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Dorothy Lilian  Moir (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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