Moore Family Crest

Moore family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Moore family crest

Vert (green) - symbolizes family members loyalty in love and hope for the future.

Or (Gold) -  symbolizes the generosity shown by members of this respected family over the course of history.

Argent (silver) - represents the sincere nature of family members renowned through the ages.


 Meaning of the symbols on the Moore family crest

The three heads on a sword symbolize the many wars fought by the Moores throughout history and enemies vanquished. 

The rampant lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

The three stars - symbolizes the noble and good qualities of family members, It also represents additional divine characteristics granted from a higher power.


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Origins of the Moore family name

The Moore family name is of both English and Irish origin, The Irish version is derived from the Gaelic "O Mordha" meaning "descendant of Mordha". The Moores were a sept of the O'Neill clan, and were located in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

The English version of the name is topographic in nature, meaning it stems from early family members who lived near a 'moor' of middle English spelling, an open area of uncultivated grass land.

In the 18th century, members of the Moore family began emigrating to America, settling in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.


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Summary of the Moore family and the Moore family crest

  • The first recorded use of the name in English documentation was in the Domesday Book of 1086, when a man named "William de Mora' was listed as the lord of the manor of Moore in Somerset"
  • The Moore family has been associated with the County Mayo in Ireland since the 12th century.
  • The Moore family has also been associated with the Irish counties of Cork and Galway since the 15th century..
  • The Moores of Scotland were originally from the Borders region, but some later migrated to the Highlands.
  • The Moores of England were generally found in the southern and western parts of the country
  • In the United States, the Moores were among the earliest settlers of New England, arriving in the 1600s.
  • Today, the Moore family name is common in the United Kingdom, particularly in England and Wales.
  • The Moore family has produced several notable members over the centuries, including Sir Robert Moore, an English knight who fought in the Crusades, and Sir Thomas Moore, a Tudor statesman and poet.
  • Other notable individuals include Sir John Moore (1761-1809), a British general during the Napoleonic Wars, and George Moore (1852-1933)), an Irish novelist and poet.