More History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the More family

The surname More 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 More family

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

More Spelling Variations

Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name More revealed the following spelling variations: 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 More 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 More 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 More:

More Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ellen More, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [1]
  • Jasper More, who died aboard the Mayflower in 1620 at Cape Cod Harbor, Massachusetts and was believed to be buried ashore [1]
  • Richard More (1614-c. 1694), who arrived at Cape Cod Harbor, Massachusetts aboard the Mayflower in 1620 [1]
  • Robart More, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Sara More, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
More Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Agnis More, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Ralph More, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Susanna More, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Mary More, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Joanna More, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
More Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio More, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1811 [1]
  • Francisca More, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1822 [1]
  • Thomas More, aged 40, who landed in America in 1822 [1]
  • John More, who arrived in New York, NY in 1829 [1]
  • J W More, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Canada More migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

More Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Sylvester More U.E., (Mose) who settled in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, Leeds & Grenville, Ontario c. 1786 [2]

Australia More migration to Australia +

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

More Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James A. More, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Alice Brooks" in 1839 [3]
  • James More, aged 33, Scottish convict from Perth, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [4]

New Zealand More 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:

More Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Honora More, (b. 1850), aged 19, British dairymaid travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name More (post 1700) +

  • Michael More, American Republican politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives 70th District; Elected 2010 [6]
  • Lena Gay More, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944; Member of Republican National Committee from Texas, 1940 [6]
  • Jonas More, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1839 [6]
  • John T. More, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1806-08, 1809-10, 1813-14; Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1819-22 [6]
  • John E. More, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 16th District, 1910 [6]
  • Jake More, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952; Iowa Democratic State Chair, 1945-49, 1955-58 [6]
  • Enoch H. More, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Cumberland County, 1845-46 [6]
  • Ellsworth B. More (1890-1950), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1948-50 [6]
  • Elijah A. More, American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1834 [6]
  • David More, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920 [6]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Florentina Duran y More, aged 30, Spanish Second Class passenger from Barcelona, Spain who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12 [7]
  • Miss Asunción Duran y More, aged 27, Spanish Second Class passenger from Barcelona, Spain who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12 [7]


The More 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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALICE BROOKS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839AliceBrooks.gif
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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