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