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The MOORE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 698,671 16 0.259 2,590
United States (1880 census) 120,070 21 0.240 2,401
Change since 1880 +578601 +5 +0.019 +189
Other Countries
Australia 22,654 32 0.139 1,386
United Kingdom 95,561 31 0.208 2,081
Top States for MOORE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 57,654 20 0.276 2,765
California 47,770 32 0.141 1,410
North Carolina 37,616 7 0.467 4,673
Florida 37,434 23 0.234 2,342
Ohio 36,295 9 0.320 3,197
Top States for MOORE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 15,884 7 0.558 5,584
Alabama 23,011 9 0.517 5,174
South Carolina 18,804 9 0.469 4,687
Tennessee 26,641 10 0.468 4,683
North Carolina 37,616 7 0.467 4,673


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called MOORE live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called MOORE represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called MOORE in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a MOORE by picking someone at random in Mississippi than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of MOORE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MOORE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the MOORE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of MOORE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 481,035 68.85
Black/African American 188,082 26.92
Mixed Race 11,877 1.7
White (Hispanic) 10,480 1.5
Native American/Alaskan 4,541 0.65
Asian/Pacific 2,585 0.37

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the MOORE surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of MOORE in historical publications

MOORE. From residence at a boggy heath or moor. The medieval forms are Atte Mor or Tilore, De Mora, Ad Moram.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to MOORE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MOORE.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for MOORE

The following words are slight variants of MOORE that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.