Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Maurice m. Latin Mauricius 'Moorish, Mauretanian'.

The name of a popular 2nd C Roman saint, a 6th C Byzantine emperor, and a 12th C French saint.

The vernacular English form Moris is witnessed in 1379 in the relational byname Morissoñ (WRYPT1 p. 292).

In Ireland, Maurice was used as an anglicization of Muircheartach.

Czech Republic
Latin
1348 Mauritij (gen) chlumecky 11; 1349 Mauritij (gen) ibid. 17; 1356 Mauricij (gen) ibid. 131
Denmark
Danish
1581 Mauritz KD-1 no. 362, Mouritz ibid. no. 362
England
Latin
1222 Mauricius (nom) StPaulDom p. 7; 1240 Mauricii (gen) ibid. p. 120, Mauricum (acc) ibid. p. 121; 1299 Mauricius (nom) ComWil-vol1 p. 3; 1485–1486 Mauricio (abl) CovGuild-2 p. 62, Mores (nom) ibid. p. 79; 1559 Morris (nom) StMartF p. 60
Early Modern English
1530 Morys LIWill-III p. 34; 1532–1533 Morres CovGuild-2 p. 109; 1534 Mores ibid. p. 132; 1539 Moryshe BarnstapleBap p. 1; 1540 Morrys ibid. p. 1; 1542 Morrs ibid. p. 2; 1560 Moris RegSASel p. 6; 1560/1 Moris ibid. p. 7; 1562 Moryshe BarnstapleBap p. 12; 1564 Morice BEmar-vol1 p. 7; 1565 Mawryce BEmar-vol2 p. 30; 1569 Maurice bruton-vol1 p. 38; 1572 Maurice ibid. p. 40; 1575/6 Morris BEmar-vol1 p. 9; 1580 Moris BEmar-vol2 p. 96; 1581 Maurice bruton-vol1 p. 44; 1582 Morris DEmar-vol2 p. 7; 1587 Maurice bruton-vol1 p. 47; 1588 Maurice ibid. p. 8, Morice BUmar-vol2 p. 64, Morris StAnthonlin p. 33; 1589 Maurice bruton-vol1 p. 48, Morris DEmar-vol2 p. 19; 1590 Maurice bruton-vol1 p. 49, Morice BUmar-vol2 p. 65; 1593 Maurice bruton-vol1 p. 53; 1597 Maurice ibid. p. 55; 1598 Maurice ibid. p. 56; 1599 Morris DEmar-vol2 p. 42
1541 Morry BarnstapleBap p. 2
France
Latin
1101x1129 Mauricius (nom) CartStPC XXXIII; 1138x62 Mauricii (gen) clairvaux-12thc 66; 1201 Mauritii (gen) NDParisII 2-XLVIII; 1301 Mauricii (gen) MemPic-vol17 p. 176, Mauricius (nom) ibid. p. 206; 1378 Mauricio (dat) hanquetvol1 623
c823 Mauriciolus (nom) irminon-vol2 29, CE
Old French
1292 Morise (obl) HistHdVParis p. 112; 1296 Morise paris1296 p. 56, (obl) HistHdVParis p. 131; 1297 Morise (obl) ibid. p. 136; 1298 Morise (obl) ibid. p. 139, Morize (obl) ibid. p. 139; 1299 Morise (obl) ibid. p. 146; 1313 Morise Paris1313 p. 9
1301 Mouret (obl) MemPic-vol17 p. 292
Middle French
1386 Morice MemBret-II col. 513; 1493 Morice MSR1838 p. 376
1421 Moriset favier 65
Germany
Early New High German
1403 Mauritze (nom) mairhofer DCLXXIV; 1497 Moritz Nurn1497 1628
Hungary
Latin
1351 Mauricy (gen) CDH-IX-II I
Ireland
Latin
fin12thC Mauricius (nom) MunDocIr III, p. 22, Moricius (nom) ibid. III, p. 13, Moriz (nom) ibid. III, p. 6; 1430 Mauricii (gen) RegOct 47, Mauricium (acc) ibid. 89; 1431 Mauricio (dat) ibid. 92; 1433 Mauricio (abl) ibid. 57; 1434 Mauricio (dat) ibid. 64, Mauricium (acc) ibid. 64, Mauricius (nom) ibid. 117; 1435 Mauricio (abl) ibid. 68; 1460 Moricio (abl) ibid. 28; 1496 Mauricio (abl) ibid. 35
Early Modern English
1540 Maurice Fiants-1 109
Italy
Latin
584 Mauricio (abl) CartYonne1 III; 1326 Mauritio (abl) Friuli-14thC no. 437
Latvia
Latin
1290 Mauricio (dat) RigSB 345; 1291 Mauricio (dat) ibid. 348
Poland
Latin
1228 Mauritius (nom) hennes-vol1 p. 81
Scotland
Latin
1376 Mauricio (dat) morton-vol1 16, Moricio (dat) ibid. 16
Switzerland
Latin
1195 Mauritius (nom) CartHaut 29; 1214 Maricius (nom) ibid. 32; 1236 Mauricium (acc) ibid. 41, Mauricius (nom) ibid. 41
Wales
Latin
1185xc1208 Meuric (nom) Pryce-1st no. 4; 1198 Meuryg (gen) ibid. no. 5, Meyrug (nom) ibid. no. 5; 1206 Meuric (abl) ibid. no. 9; 1208 Meurig (abl) ibid. no. 6, Meyrig (nom) ibid. no. 6; 1453 Meurig (nom) ArchCambIII p. 69; 1455 Meurig (nom) ibid. p. 258; 1456 Meuric (nom) ibid. p. 258, Meurig (nom) ibid. p. 258
Early Modern English
1577 Morice RegLlantrithyd p. 61; 1584 Morice ibid. p. 33; 1591 Mirick ibid. p. 35, Myricke ibid. p. 62; 1597 Myryk ibid. p. 1; 1599 Mirick ibid. p. 1
Welsh
1560 Moryce RegCon1 p. 19; 1583 Moris ibid. p. 40
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Maurice". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Maurice.