HISTORY OF THE MOORE NAME :
This interesting surname
of Scottish origin is a regional name for someone from Brabant in the Low
countries, from the earlier Scottish "Brebner",
"Bradbanare", "native or This distinguished British surname
recorded in a wide range of spellings including: More, Mores, Moor, Moores,
Moors, and in Scotland Muir, has a number of possible origins. The first is a
topographical name for someone who lived on a moor or in a fen, both of which
were denoted by the Olde English pre 7th Century word "mor", or from
one of the various villages so named such as Moore
in the county of Cheshire,
or More in Shropshire. Secondly it may have
been a nickname for someone of dark or swarthy complexion. In this case the
derivation is from the Old French "more", meaning dark-skinned. There
was also a personal name of the same origin, which was borne by several early
The given name was
introduced into England by
the Normans, but was never as popular in England as on
the Continent. In Ireland
the surname originated as a form of the Gaelic O'Mordha, composed of the
elements O', meaning descendant of, and Mordha, a byname translating as proud
or stately. In Scotland and Wales
the origination was as a nickname for a large man, from the Gaelic word mor or
the Welsh mowr, both meaning great. The surname was first recorded in the late
11th Century (see below), and early examples of the surname recording include:
William Mor, tax register known as the Feet of Fines for the county of Essex in
the year 1198, and Matthew del More in the Court Rolls of the Manor of
Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1275. One of the earliest settlers in the New World was Leonard Moore, who is recorded as
"living at Elizabeth Cittee, Virginea" in 1624, having arrived on the
ship "Bona Nova" in 1619.
The first recorded
spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de More. This was
dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Suffolk, during the reign of King William
1st of England,
1066 - 1087.
Our Moore family including McPIKE, KIRKWOOD &
Small numbers by a
name refer to personal number in listing eg CHARLES 2 MOORE
– see 2.
GENERATION ONE :
1. ~ ~ ~ CHARLES MOORE was born on 2 October 1799
in the Parish of Outraugh, County
Leitrim, Ireland. On 30 August 1813 he enlisted as a Drummer
for "The Kings Own 4th Regiment of Foot" and he served with the
British Army until 1840. About 1830 he
married ISABELLA (ELIZABETH) CANNELL in Essex,
England. Isabella was born in the Isle of Mann. In 1840 Charles was discharged to the Isle of
Mann. In 1841 he was living at "Ivy Cottage" St Annes, Bradden
in Isle of Mann and his occupation was noted as a Publican. After spending some time in Australia the family arrived in New Zealand on
5 August 1847 on the Fencible Ship "Ramillies". Charles died on 16 February 1873 in Onehunga,
Auckland, New Zealand. Isabella died on 24 November 1885 in Thames.
the Royal New Zealand
more information on families who came to NZ under this scheme, including the
ships they arrived on and villages they settled.
Children of CHARLES MOORE and ISABELLA CANNELL were :
MOORE, born 1 September 1831 in New South Wales, Australia; died 9 September
1833 in Sydney, New South Wales.
born 5 July 1833 Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia;
died 25 June 1865.
MOORE, born 120 April 1835 in Emu Plain, New South Wales, Australia;
died 24 January 1897 in Auckland,
New Zealand. Sarah married PATRICK CHARLES HANDS. Patrick served with the 58th Regiment of the
MOORE, born about 1840 in New South Wales, Australia; died 17 August 1930. Robert married BARBARA PRICE on 18 April 1856
at St Peter's Church, Onehunga, Auckland. He later married (2) MARTHA RIX in 1873 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Martha was the daughter of JOSHUA RIX and was
born about 1853 in Pigeon Bay, Banks
Peninsula, New Zealand.
SYDNEY MOORE, born in the Isle of Mann and baptized on 23 May 1842. Albert married MARGARET MOLLOY. Albert died on 4 March 1927 in Wellington, New Zealand
and was buried at Karori in Wellington.
WILLIAM MOORE, born around March 1844; died 25 April 1922 in Waihi, New Zealand. Henry married CATHERINE (surname unknown) on
the residence of Charles Moore, Onehunga, Auckland
on 30 April 1867.
WILLIAM MOORE, born around March 1846; died as an infant.
ALEXANDER MOORE, born 12 November 1848 in Onehunga, Auckland,
New Zealand; died 29 October
1929 in Hillsborough, Auckland. Frederick
married MARGARET McKENZIE on 11 September 1877 in Onehunga.
MARGARET MOORE, born 15 August 1851 in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand;
died 28 October 1891. Esther married
FRANK HANSEN. She was buried at Waikumete Cemetery
2. ~ ~ ~ JAMES MOORE was born in County Leitrim
in 1818 and was a brother of CHARLES MOORE born 1799. He and his wife MARGARET (surname unknown) sailed
to New Zealand
in 1842. They settled in Onehunga in Auckland five years before
the arrival of Charles and his family.
Children of JAMES MOORE and MARGARET (MOORE) were:
MOORE, died on the voyage to New
Zealand in 1842.
O’BRIEN MOORE, born around 1842. Edward
became a Sea-Captain. He married JANE
BOYD MUIR in 1865.
JANE MOORE, born
1850 in Onehunga, Auckland. Sarah married MATTHEW HUNTER in 1880.
CAROLIONE MOORE, born 1852 in Onehunga, Auckland. Ann married SCOTT HUNTER (a brother of
(From notes "The Moores
and The McPikes" by Cathreen Fischer)
GENERATION TWO :
3. ~ ~ ~ CHARLES MOORE (CHARLES)
was born on 5 July 1833 in Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia
and was the son of CHARLES MOORE and ISABELLA CANNELL. He married ELLEN McPIKE on 25 April 1853 at
the Roman Catholic Church in Onehunga, Auckland,
New Zealand. Ellen was born in 1836 in Belfast,
County Antrim, Ireland
and arrived in New Zealand
with her family on the Fencible Ship “Ramilles” in 1847.
to the McPIKE family more information about Ellen’s family.
Charles’s occupation was listed as a Carpenter. Charles drowned in a boating accident on the
Awhitu (Manukau Harbour) on 25 June 1865 and was buried
Children of CHARLES MOORE and ELLEN McPIKE were:
MOORE, born on 16 March 1854 in Onehunga, Auckland; died 1 August
MOORE, born 21 September 1855 in Auckland;
died 2 October 1855.
born 17 January 1856 in Onehunga, Auckland;
died 27 August 1916.
ANN BATES 6
born 30 December 1858 in Onehunga, Auckland;
died 23 June 1911.
ELLEN 7 MOORE, born 5
November 1860 in Onehunga, in Onehunga, Auckland;
died 6 October 1933.
MOORE, born 18 October 1863 in Onehunga, Auckland;
4. ~ ~ ~ EMMELINE AMELIA MOORE (CHARLES > CHARLES) was born on 16
March 1854 in Onehunga, Auckland,
New Zealand. She married EDWARD WOODWARD on 19 February
1874 in Westport, New Zealand. Edward was born in 1845 in Liverpool, England
and died in 1876.
Children of EMMELINE MOORE
and EDWARD WOODWARD were:
~ ALBERT WILLIAM DAVID
WOODWARD, born 1874 in Westport,
New Zealand; died 1942.
~ EDWARD JOHN WOODWARD, born
1875 in Westport, New Zealand; died1968. Edward married JANE LANGDON THOMPSON. Jane was born in 1877 and died in 1964.
Emmeline later married (2) JOHN KIRKWOOD on 31 October 1876 in Westport, New
John was born in 1845 in Kilbarchan,
died in 1927.
Refer to the KIRKWOOD family more information about John’s family and children of
Emmeline and John.
5. ~ ~ ~ CHARLES ROBERT MOORE (CHARLES
> CHARLES) was born on 17 January 1856 in Onehunga, Auckland, New
Zealand and was the eldest son of CHARLES
MOORE and ELLEN McPIKE. Charles was
baptized on 24 January 1856 at St Peters Church of England in Onehunga. He married ANNIE EMILY PATTERSON on 4 May
1880 in Wanganui, New Zealand. Annie was born in 1865 at Port Chalmers in Otago, New
Zealand; died 1936. Charles died on 27 August 1916 in Nelson, New
Children of CHARLES MOORE and ANNIE PATTERSON were:
MOORE, born 1880.
MOORE, 1881 in Wanganui, New Zealand. Annie married JOSEPH LEVY.
8 MOORE, born 1883 in Westport,
ISABEL VIOLET MOORE, born 1885 in Westport,
New Zealand. Evelyn married ROBERT NORRIS in 1901.
MOORE, born 1886 in Westport,
MOORE, born 1888 in Westport,
New Zealand. David married MARGARET JENKINS. Margaret was born in 1888 and died in 1963.
JOHN HENRY MOORE, born 1892;
6. ~ ~ ~ SOPHIA ANN BATES MOORE (CHARLES
> CHARLES) was born on 30 December 1858 in Onehunga, Auckland, New
Zealand and was the third daughter of
CHARLES MOORE and ELLEN McPIKE. She was
baptized on 2 January 1859 at St Peters Church of England, Onehunga. Sophia married JOHN CHARLES GEAR on 16 July
1873 at St John’s Anglican Church in Westport, New
John was born in 1845 in London,
1911. Sophia died on 23 June 1911 in Westport, New
SOPHIA MOORE and JOHN GEAR was:
JOHN GEAR. Charles was employed as an
Engineer / Quarryman involved in building break-waters.
7. ~ ~ ~ ISABELLA ELLEN MOORE (CHARLES
> CHARLES) was born on 5 November 1860 in Onehunga, Auckland, New
Isabella married JOHANNES THOMAS MONIGATTI. Johannes was born on 6 February 1846 in
Brusio, Grigioni, Switzerland. He died on 1 June 1934 in Nelson, New Zealand. Isabella died on 6 October 1933 in Lower
Hutt, New Zealand.
Refer to the MONIGATTI family
for more information about Johannes’ family and children of Isabella and
8. ~ ~ ~ CHARLES WILLIAM
MOORE (CHARLES > CHARLES >
CHARLES) was born in 1883 in Westport, New Zealand;
died 1971. Charles married JESSIE EVELYN
MURRAY. Jessie was born in 1887 in Greymouth, New
Zealand and died in 1962.
Children of CHARLES MOORE and JESSIE MURRAY were:
ROSE MOORE, born 17 November 1908; died 19 July 1974. Lucy married WILLIAM RANSFORD HAWKINS on 25
January 1933. William was born on 18 May
1905; died 16 June 1988.
ROBERT DOUGLAS MOORE, born 22 May 1910; died 4 November 1984. William married MARY WEAL on 17 May
1941. Mary was born on 15 April 1914;
died 31 July 2000.
CHARLES MOORE, born 18 May 1912; died 10 July 2000. Walter married JOYCE MURIEL EICHLER on 1
ALICE MOORE, born 2 February 1914; died 27 February 2002. Marjorie married DOUGLAS PHAIR CONN on 26 October
was born on 18 July 1913; died 4 February 1982.
AUDREY MOORE, born 18 December 1916; died 19 December 1996. Jessie married DARCY McMULLAN on 9 September
1939. Darcy was born in 1898; died 19
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