The Name "Muir"

 

Variations of the Clan Name

and the territory from which they originated

MUIR/MORE/MOORE/MURE - MOST COMMON IN AYRSHIRE AND AREAS SOUTHWEST

MOAR - MOST COMMON IN THE ORKNEY AND SHETLAND

MOIR - MOST COMMON IN ABERDEENSHIRE AND SOUTHWEST

MOHR -  MOST COMMON IN CENTRAL LOWLANDS

MOR - MOST COMMON IN CENTRAL LOWLANDS

O'MORE - MOST COMMON IN IRELAND

O'MORHDA- MOST COMMON IN IRELAND

O'MOORE- MOST COMMON IN IRELAND

 

What's in a Name?   by Robert "McBear" More

        Of course the official spelling of the Clan name is "Muir."  But there are several other spellings.  Why?  The answer begins with ancient Celtic culture, which relied on oral, not written, record keeping.  After writing began to be used, sound, not spelling stayed dominant, and there was no standardization of spelling for many years.  The spelling might change even within a particular family from one generation to another.  A classic example of this begins with John Moir in 1724.  When his son John was born in 1730, his birth was registered under the name Moir, but in the next generation his son William, born 1758, was recorded as Moar at the time of his wedding in 1786.  And when William and his wife had a son in 1788, his name was registered as John More!  But it doesn't end there - when John More married, his name as spelled in the register returned to Moir!  Although it is commonly accepted that variations on the spelling are associated with different locations, there is no particular historical significance to this. 

The most ancient version of the name is O' Mordha,  from the word "mordha," Gaelic for noble, or stately, and the Irish O'More is the current version of this.  Muirs of all spellings are thought to have descended from the Pictish race of Celts, and were commonly in both Ireland and Scotland.

So no matter how you spell it, you share common roots with the rest of us!

Welcome to Clan Muir!