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Where did the Irish Moore family come from? When did the Moore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moore family history?

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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Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Moore that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: 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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A great number of Irish families left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia and North America. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers 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


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
  • Colin Moore, listed as a Scot banished to the America colonies in 1747
  • Charles Moore, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1749


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


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

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, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast


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


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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  • 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)
  • Dr. Daniel Virgil Moore, American 2nd Class passenger from Yankton, South Dakota, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Nathaniel Fish Moore, American Olympic gold medalist for golf at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Mr. Clarence Bloomfield Moore (d. 1912), aged 47, American First Class passenger from Washington, D.C. who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • 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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  • 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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