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What does Maurice mean?

Maurice Pronunciation of Maurice 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH roman, britain (england), 17th century, saint


VARIANTS 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, Moss

SEE ALSO Amaury, Seymour


FEMININE FORMS Maureen, Morisa



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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)

Maurice reached its highest position of #101 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #670 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maurice name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maurice outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Maurice (#670 A YEAR AGO) rated in the Top 2000 are Mauricio (#602), Merrick (#817), Mauro (#1454), Morris (#1565), Amaury, Maury, Moss and Seymour. Other variants, like Myrick, are seldom used. These forms of Maurice were favored as birth names during 1910-1919 (ADOPTION OF 0.4%) and have become significantly less widespread since (ADOPTION 0.1%, DOWN 81.7%), with versions like Seymour becoming somewhat dated. Maurice has generally been the top pick of parents, though Mauricio is now the top form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maurice, Amaury, Mauricio, Mauro, Maury in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merrick, Morris, Moss, Seymour in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Maurice is pronounced similarly to Marius. Other recommended sound-alike names are Brice, Caddice, Callice, Canice, Curtice, Fabrice, Jaice, Launce, Laurance, Laurence, Laurie, Macaire, Macbride, Mace, Mackie, Macrae, Maguire, Mannie, Manvile (see Manville), Marc, Marcel, March, Marco, Marik, Marimo, Mariner, Marino, Mario, Marion, Markise, Markize, Marloe, Marque, Marriner, Martie, Marve, Massie, Matico, Mattie, Maverick, Mavrick, Maxence, Maxie, Maxime, Mcbride, Merce, Morrie, Murfee, Murfie (see Murphy), Muriel, Paice, Patrece, Patrice, Price and Raice. These names tend to be less commonly used than Maurice.

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