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MOORE - Name Meaning & Origin


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MOORE Surname Meaning & Origin:

Moore is a common surname with several possible origins:
  1. One who lived at or near a moor or marshy bog
  2. From the Old French, meaning son of Moor, a dark-complexioned man
  3. From "Mor," great, chief, mighty, proud
  4. Derived from the given name "Maurus," meaning "dark skinned."

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname MOORE:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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Moore Genealogy - Western NC, SC and North GA
A site documenting Moores living in Western North Carolina, Upper West South Carolina and North Georgia through ca 1850.

Moore Worldwide Y-DNA Testing Project
This huge DNA project is collecting DNA results from Moore families worldwide, including all surname variations (MOORE, MORE, MOOR, MOORES, MOORER, MUIR, etc.) to help connect the various Moore lines.

Moore Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Moore surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Moore query.

FamilySearch - MOORE Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Moore surname and its variations.

MOORE Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Moore surname.

Cousin Connect - MOORE Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname MOORE, and sign up for free notification when new Moore queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - MOORE Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Moore.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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