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Moore

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The Shield is: Vert a lion rampant or, in chief three mullets of the last.
The Crest is: A dexter hand lying fessways couped at the wrist holding a sword in pale pierced through three gory heads all proper.
The Motto is: "Conlan abú", Conlan forever.
Gaelic Spelling for Moore: O'Morda, de Mora.
Variant spellings for Moore: O'Moore, More, Moor, Moir, Morey, O'More, Muir.

Under various spellings of the name in Ireland, the More or O'Moore family can be traced to English and Irish origins. "Moore" is an English name, and it is also a form of the Irish "O'Moore".

Being the 20th most popular name in Ireland and among the top 40 names in England, the name is well represented.

English families settled in the province of Munster in the 12th century. Their name is said to stem from the word 'moor', meaning 'strong mountain' etc.. The ancient Irish family of the name descend from O'Mordha (meaning noble?). The ancestor from whence they sprung was one of the Red Branch knights of Irish legend.

The O'Mores were the leading tribe of the "7 Septs of Leix", and as such, some of the clan were transplanted to Kerry. Keatings History gives that St. Fintan was their patron saint.

Burkes Landed Gentry (1912 a.d.), gives over 10 families of the name that claimed Scottish or English roots.

The Moore family is found in the 17th and 19th century in counties Antrim and Dublin. "Moor" is found in 1659 as a principal name of Kings county as well.

Mc More has been found in Offaly and Kildare, while O'More is said to have originated in Kerry, Down, and Leix.

"Moore" is the 11th most common name in the U.S.A. today.

The Moores of Moore Hall, Co. Mayo, came from Alicante, Spain, but were originally from England. Moore was also the name of the Earls of Drogheda. The Moores of Barmeath settled in Ireland from at least the 14th century. The Moore family of Barne, Co. Tipperary originally settled in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary around 1635.

Arms for the name are found on plates 49, 50, and 70 in the Irish Book or Arms.

Source: The Book of Irish Families Great & Small
Michael C. O'Laughin
1997 Irish Genealogical Foundation

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