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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."

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The surname Moore 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.

During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: 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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Moore:

Moore Settlers in 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
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Moore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cornelius Moore, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Aaron Moore, who immigrated to Virginia in 1744
  • William Moore, who emigrated from Ireland to New England in 1745
  • Colin Moore, listed as a Scot banished to the America colonies in 1747
  • Charles Moore, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1749
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Moore Settlers in 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
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Moore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Moore, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Ann Moore, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Daniel Moore, who arrived in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. John Moore U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA from Massachusetts, USA who settled in St. John River, New Brunswick c. 1783 he went with the British Army to Halifax in 1776 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Robert Moore U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Moore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Moore, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Mary A Moore, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Andrew Moore, his wife Sarah and their four children, who came to Canada from Ulster in 1831
  • Alfred Moore, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Peter Moore, aged 15, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
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Moore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Moore, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles Moore, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Edward Moore, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Moore, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Moore, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
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Moore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick George Moore, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Daniel Moore, aged 26, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • James Moore, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Moore, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • William Moore, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
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  • John Hartwell Moore (1939-2016), American anthropologist, Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Florida
  • Winfield Scott "Scotty" Moore III (1931-2016), American guitarist and recording engineer, best known for his work with Elvis Presley
  • James Robert "Red" Moore (1916-2016), American professional baseball player in the Negro Leagues from 1937 to 1940
  • John Coleman Moore (1923-2016), American mathematician, he co-developed the Borel-Moore homology and the Eilenberg-Moore spectral sequence
  • John Richard "Dickie" Moore Jr. (1925-2015), American child actor, a regular in the Our Gang series (1932-1933), probably best known for his portrayal of the title character in the 1933 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist
  • William J. Moore Sr. (1923-2015), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1973 to 1988
  • Tom Moore (1928-2015), American cartoonist, best known for his work for the Archie Comic Book (1953-1988)
  • Nathaniel Fish Moore, American Olympic gold medalist for golf at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Michael D. Moore (1914-2013), Canadian-born American film director, second unit director
  • Gordon Earle Moore (b. 1929), co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Moore Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Samuel Theodore Moore (b. 1956), American Staff Sergeant from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Charles Alwyn Moore, British 3rd Officer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Hazel May  Moore (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Gerald  Moore (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Charles  Moore (1874-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master John  Moore (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Samuel W  Moore (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. William Moore (1889-1914), English Miner from Makerfield,, Lancashire,, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. James K Moore (b. 1923), Scottish Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Kendal, Westmorland, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Hugh T H Moore (b. 1909), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Edward A P Moore (b. 1916), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southwark, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Brian R Moore (b. 1917), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Dorking, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Raymond Moore, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Daniel Moore, English Seaman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest Moore, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Dr. Daniel Virgil Moore, American 2nd Class passenger from Yankton, South Dakota, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Moore, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Manchester Green, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Edwin Moore, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Central Falls, Rhode Island, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Alfred Ernest Moore (d. 1912), aged 39, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John J. Moore (d. 1912), aged 29, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Ralph Moore, aged 21, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 3
  • Mr. George Alfred Moore, aged 32, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collapsible D
  • Mr. Leonard Charles Moore (d. 1912), aged 19, English Third Class passenger from Kingston upon Thames, London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • 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 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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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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