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Boy Name: Maurice

Name: Maurice
Pronunciation: \ma(u)-ri-ce\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: dark-skinned, Moorish
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Amaury, Seymour
Sounds Like: Marius, Merce
Variant forms: Maurell, Maureo, Mauricio, Maurids, Maurie, Maurin, Maurio, Maurise, Maurits, Mauritius, Mauritz, Maurizio, Mauro, Maurus, Maury, Maurycy, Morey, Morice, Moricz, Morino, Moris, Moritz, Moriz, Morrel, Morrey, Morrice, Morrill, Morris, Morriss, Moss
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 184
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 6955

Description

Maurice \ma(u)-ri-ce\ as a boy's name is pronounced maw-REESE. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Maurice is "dark-skinned, Moorish". Also possibly an anglicized form of Muirgheas (Irish, Gaelic) "seafarer" and ultimately derive from the Phoenician term "mauharim", meaning "easterner". Roman name introduced to Britain by the Normans and commonly used into the 17th century. Saint Maurus (sixth century) was a French saint. Mauricio is a Spanish form; Mauro is Italian and Portuguese. See also Merrick. Actor Maurice Chevalier; writer Maurice Sendak; composer Maurice Ravel.

Maurice has 30 variant forms: Maurell, Maureo, Mauricio, Maurids, Maurie, Maurin, Maurio, Maurise, Maurits, Mauritius, Mauritz, Maurizio, Mauro, Maurus, Maury, Maurycy, Morey, Morice, Moricz, Morino, Moris, Moritz, Moriz, Morrel, Morrey, Morrice, Morrill, Morris, Morriss and Moss.

For more information, see also related names Amaury and Seymour.

Baby names that sound like Maurice are Marius and Merce.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Maurice.

Popularity

Maurice is a very popular first name for men (#184 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#6955 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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