Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Moses m. Ancient Greek Μωϋσῆς from Hebrew משה 'to draw out'.

The name of a Biblical prophet, two 4th C saints, a 5th C Armenian saint, an 8th C Shiite Imam, and an 11th C Hungarian saint. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Moises, Moyses.

The name was popular among Jews during the Middle Ages, and was not commonly used by non-Jews until the 16th C.

1189 Moyses (nom) GASurv p. 236; 1194 Moyses (nom) RotCur-vol1 p. 3; 1279–80 Mosseus (nom) WaHR-SK p. 32
1572 Moyses AuFr Baen; 1574 Moses ibid. Angelee; 1585 Moses ibid. Bossche
Early Modern English
1560 Moyses CAmar-vol1 p. 1; 1572 Moyeses RegBisham p. 3; 1591 Moyses bruton-vol1 p. 10; 1592 Moyses ibid. p. 51; 1596 Moyses ibid. p. 55
Early Modern Swedish
1582 Moisze (nom) Audén1980 p. 172
Middle French
1563 Moyse RegPCC-1 p. 34; 1566 Moyse ibid. p. 265; 1588 Moïse raymond1588 p. 567
Cite as: R. Le Get, S.L. Uckelman. "Moses". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Moses.