Meaning and name origin
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. 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.
Maurice is a very popular first name for males (#184 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6955 out of 88799, Top 8%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Maurice for boys. Maurice reached its highest rank of #101 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Maurice and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mauricio (#577), Maurice (#583), Seymour, Maury and Morris. (2014 statistics).