What does Maurice mean?
Maurice [mau-rice] as a boys' 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. See also Merrick. Actor Maurice Chevalier; writer Maurice Sendak; composer Maurice Ravel.
Maurice▼ has 30 variants: Maurell, Maureo, Mauricio, Maurids, Maurie, Maurin, Maurio, Maurise, Mauritius, Maurits, Mauritz, Maurizio, Mauro, Maurus, Maury, Maurycy, Morey, Morice, Moricz, Morino, Moris, Moritz, Moriz, Morrel, Morrey, Morrice, Morrill, Morris▼, Morriss and Moss.Creative forms:
(male) Macrice, Marce, ..
(female) Maurile, Maurima, .. Middle name pairings:
Maurice Terence (M.T.), ..
How popular is Maurice?
Maurice is a very prominent first name for males (#184 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#8490 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Maurice reached its highest position of #101 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #621 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Maurice (#621 a year ago) rated in the Top 2000 are Mauricio (#560 a year ago), Merrick (#1046), Morris (#1548), Mauro (#1602), Moss, Seymour, Maury and Amaury. Other variants, like Myrick, are seldom used. These forms of Maurice were favored as birth names during 1910-1919 (adoption of 0.4%) and have become significantly less widespread since (adoption 0.1%, down 82.6%), with versions like Seymour becoming somewhat dated.
Maurice▼ is pronounced similarly to Marius. Other recommended names are Brice, Caddice, Callice, Canice, Curtice, Fabrice, Jaice, Launce, Laurance, Laurence▼, Laurie, Macaire, Macbride, Mace, Mackie, Macrae, Maguire, Mannie, Manvile (see Manville), Marc▼, Marcel▲, March, Marco, Marik, Marimo, Mariner, Marino, Mario, Marion▼, Markise, Markize, Marloe, Marque, Marriner, Martie, Marve, Massie, Matico, Mattie, Maverick▲, Mavrick, Maxence, Maxie, Maxime, Mcbride, Merce, Morrie, Murfee, Murfie (see Murphy), Muriel, Paice, Patrece, Patrice, Price and Raice. These names tend to be less commonly used than Maurice.See names in meaning and etymology.