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Meaning and Name Origin

Moss \m(o)-ss\ as a boys' name is of English origin, and the meaning of Moss is "savior". Variant of Moses or possibly a place name for a mossy locale. Director and playwright Moss Hart.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Maurice and Morris.


Moss has 13 related forms via Moses: Mioshe, Mioshye, Mo, Moe, Moise, Moises, Mose, Moshe, Mosheh, Mosiah, Mosie, Moyses and Mozes.


Moss is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#353 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Moss and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Moss (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Maurice (#583 a year ago), Moe, Moises (#460), Morris, Mose, Moses (#487) and Moshe (#557). Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread during the years 1880-1889 and has become significantly less since, with the versions Maurice, Morris, Mose and Moses becoming less in vogue. Moises (#460) and Moshe (#557) are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maurice, Moe, Moises, Morris, Mose, Moses, Moshe in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Moss and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Moss is alike in pronunciation to Mays. Other suggested similar baby names are Joss, Maks and Ross. These names tend to be more frequently used than Moss.