Moir History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Moir surname in Scotland is thought to have been a topographic name for someone who resided near a moor, or heath.

Early Origins of the Moir family

The surname Moir was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.The family name Moir first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Moir family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moir research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 18 J, 1636, 1644, 1st , 1610, 1644, 1st , 1862, 1933, 1894, 1957, 1925, 1998, 1955, 1609, 1683, 1653, 1610, 1644, 1st and 1636 are included under the topic Early Moir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moir Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moir, Moar, Moer, Moyer, Moyr and others.

Early Notables of the Moir family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Moir migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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]

Canada 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

Australia 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]

New Zealand 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) +

  • Charles "Charlie" Moir (1930-2019), American college basketball coach, inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2000
  • John Moir (1915-1975), Scottish-born American professional basketball player
  • 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]
  • Ian Moir (b. 1943), Scottish former football midfielder
  • David Macbeth Moir (1798-1851), Scottish physician and writer
  • Sir Christopher Ernest Moir (b. 1955), English peer, 4th Baronet Moir of Whitehanger, County of Sussex
  • Sheri Moir (b. 1981), Canadian figure skater
  • 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
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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]


The Moir Motto +

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: Mediocriter
Motto Translation: With moderation.


  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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