What does Maurice mean?
Maurice /mau-rice/ [2 sylls.] 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.more]
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Maurice for boys. Maurice reached its highest position of #101 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #583 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Maurice and related names. Popular variation forms of Maurice (#583 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000 are Mauricio (#577 a year ago), Seymour, Maury and Morris. Variants like Merrik are seldom used. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.5062%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.168%, down 66.8%), with the versions Maurice, Morris and Seymour becoming less trendy. Mauricio (#577) is the most trendy birth name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)