Mooring History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Mooring family

The surname Mooring 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.

Important Dates for the Mooring family

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

Mooring Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, a single person often had their name recorded by church officials and scribes many different ways. Names were typically spelt as they sounded, which resulted in many different spelling variations. The many versions of the name Mooring to have been recorded over the years 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 Mooring 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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Migration of the Mooring family

In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Mooring: Miles Moor, who settled in South Carolina in 1716; James Mooers, and his wife Isabel, who came to New Hampshire in 1725; Aaron Moore, who immigrated to Virginia in 1744.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mooring (post 1700)

  • Leeland Dayton Mooring (b. 1988), American singer, member of the Christian band Leeland
  • Johnny Mooring (1927-1974), Canadian singer-songwriter
  • Jim Mooring (1917-2007), Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton (1940-1949)
  • Sir Arthur George Rixson Mooring KCMG (1908-1969), British colonial civil servant, British Resident to Zanzibar (1959-1964)

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