Moore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Moore family

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.

Early History of the Moore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moore 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 Moore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moore Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Moore 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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United States Moore 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 Moore:

Moore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Moore, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 [1]
  • Isaac Moore (1622-1705), who immigrated 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 [1]
  • James Moore, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]
  • Dorothy Moore, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Moore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cornelius Moore, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • 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 settled in America in 1749
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Moore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alex Moore, who sailed to America from Northern Ireland in 1805
  • Patrick Moore, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Ann Moore, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1812
  • Adam Moore, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • David Moore, aged 30, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Moore migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Moore U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
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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 settled in Canada from Ulster in 1831
  • Alfred Moore, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Peter Moore, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
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Australia Moore migration to Australia +

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

Moore Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
Moore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Moore, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Tristram Moore, (b. 1765), aged 36, Irish apothecary who was convicted in Londonderry, Ireland for life for being a Irish rebel, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1839 [4]
  • James Moore, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Henry Moore, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Moore, Canadian convict who was convicted in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
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New Zealand Moore 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:

Moore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick George Moore, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Mr. Moore, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Delhi" arriving in New Zealand in 1840 [7]
  • Mr. George Moore, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [7]
  • William Moore, aged 30, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Isabel Moore, aged 32, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Moore (post 1700) +

  • Demi Moore (b. 1962), née Guynes, legendary American multiple award winning film actress, known for Blame It on Rio (1984), St. Elmo's Fire (1985), and About Last Night... (1986), Ghost (1990) and many more
  • Gordon Earle Moore (b. 1929), American co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, perhaps best known for identifying Moore's Law which noted that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention
  • Charles Hewes Moore Jr. (1929-2020), American Olympic gold medalist track and field athlete, philanthropist, businessman, and champion of societal reform
  • Derland Paul Moore (1951-2020), American professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League
  • Gwen Moore (1940-2020), American politician who served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1978 to 1992 and 1992 to 1994
  • Jerry Alexander Moore Jr. (1918-2017), African-American Baptist minister and politician, Member of the Council of the District of Columbia, At-Large (1975-1985)
  • Walter Maynard "Bud" Moore Jr. (1925-2017), American NASCAR car owner who operated the Bud Moore Engineering team
  • Warren "Pete" Moore (1939-2017), American singer-songwriter and record producer, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Archibald Lee Wright "Archie" Moore (b. 1913), American boxer, the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion (1952-1962); upon retirement, he was an actor, known for his role as a runaway slave in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
  • Paul "Bud" Moore (1941-2017), American NASCAR driver
  • ... (Another 54 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Samuel Theodore Moore (b. 1956), American Staff Sergeant from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash [8]
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 [9]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Hazel May  Moore (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Master Gerald  Moore (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mr. Charles  Moore (1874-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Master John  Moore (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mr. Samuel W  Moore (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • ... (Another 7 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hillcrest Coal Mine
HMS Cornwall
  • James  Alfred Moore (d. 1942), British Leading Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Cecil John Moore (d. 1945), British Stoker 2nd Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
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 and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Hugh T H Moore (b. 1909), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Edward A P Moore (b. 1916), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southwark, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Brian R Moore (b. 1917), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Dorking, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Raymond Moore, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Edward A. Moore, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [16]
  • William John Moore (1898-1939), British Chief Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
  • Leonard George Moore (1892-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
  • John Esmond Moore (1909-1939), British Lieutenant with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
  • Irving Moore (1916-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Daniel Moore, English Seaman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Ernest Moore, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [18]
  • Dr. Daniel Virgil Moore, American 2nd Class passenger from Yankton, South Dakota, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. John Moore, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Manchester Green, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
  • 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 [18]
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 [19]
  • Mr. John J. Moore (d. 1912), aged 29, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [19]
  • 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 [19]
  • 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 [19]
  • 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 [19]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Carlton Moore, American Shipfitter Third Class from South Carolina, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Douglas Carlton Moore, American Seaman First Class from South Carolina, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Fred Kenneth Moore, American Seaman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]


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


Suggested Readings for the name Moore +

  • 14 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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