Moores History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Moores family

The surname Moores 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 Moores family

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

Moores Spelling Variations

A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Moores has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: 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 Moores 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...
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moores Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Moores migration to the United States +

Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Moores:

Moores Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmund Moores, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]
  • Richard Moores, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [1]
  • Robert Moores, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]
  • Marie Moores, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1659 [1]
Moores Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ernst Moores, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]
  • J R Moores, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Moores (post 1700) +

  • John Jay Moores (b. 1944), American entrepreneur and philanthropist, former owner of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball
  • Col. Isaac R. Moores (1796-1861), American soldier and politician, Member of the Oregon Territorial Legislature (1855-1856)
  • John Henry Moores (1821-1880), American businessman and politician, Member of the Oregon State Senate (1870-1874), Mayor of Salem, Oregon (1864, 1866-1868), son of Isaac Moores
  • Eldridge Moores (b. 1938), American geologist who specializes in the understanding of ophiolites
  • Sir Peter Moores CBE, DL (1932-2016), British businessman, art collector and philanthropist, son of Sir John Moores, founder of the Peter Moores Foundation supporting music and the visual arts
  • John Moores Jr. CBE, DL, (1928-2012), English academic, 2nd Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University (1994-1999), eldest son of businessman Sir John Moores
  • Ian Richard Moores (1954-1998), English footballer who played from 1974 to 1989 including for the England U-23 National Team in 1975
  • Sir John Moores CBE (1896-1993), British businessman and philanthropist, founder of Littlewoods retail company, eponym of Liverpool John Moores University
  • Frank Duff Moores (1933-2005), Newfoundland politician, 2nd Premier of Newfoundland (1972-1979)
  • David R Moores (b. 1945), English honorary life president of Liverpool F.C
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Richard Henry Moores (d. 1912), aged 44, English Trimmer from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [2]


The Moores 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.


  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. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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