Meaning and Name Origin
Maurice \ma(u)-ri-ce\ 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.
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 (#6955 out of 88799, Top 8%). (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. during the years 1910-1919, 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. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1920-1929 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the versions Maurice, Seymour and Morris becoming less trendy. Mauricio (#577) is the most trendy birth name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)