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. Sagradas Escrituras (1569): Moisés.

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

England
Latin
1189 Moyses (nom) GASurv p. 236; 1194 Moyses (nom) RotCur-vol1 p. 3; 1279–80 Mosseus (nom) WaHR-SK p. 32
Dutch
1572 Moijses AuFr Trijon, Moses ibid. Grave, Moyses ibid. Baen; 1573 Moses ibid. Muelenare; 1574 Moses ibid. Angelee; 1578 Moses ibid. Lammans; 1580 Moses ibid. Kleijmans; 1585 Moses ibid. Bossche; 1587 Moses ibid. Grave; 1589 Moijses ibid. Pifferoen; 1591 Moses ibid. Grove; 1592 Moses ibid. Pelsenare, Moyses ibid. Neckere; 1593 Moses ibid. True; 1594 Moses ibid. Necker, Moyses ibid. p. 91; 1596 Moses ibid. Snijders; 1597 Moses ibid. Pont
Early Modern English
1560 Moyses CAmar-vol1 p. 1; 1572 Moyeses RegBisham p. 3; 1583/4 Moyses SurMus p. 42; 1587 Moyses bruton1 p. 117; 1591 Moyses ibid. p. 10; 1592 Moyses ibid. p. 51; 1596 Moyses ibid. p. 55; 1597 Moyses ibid. p. 123
Middle French
1570 Moise WCS p. 40; 1572 Moise ibid. p. 41; 1580 Moise ibid. p. 16; 1593 Moyse ibid. p. 50; 1595 Moyse ibid. p. 51; 1597 Moise ibid. p. 52, Moyse ibid. p. 52; 1598 Moyse ibid. p. 52
Walloon
1583/4 Moyse RWC p. 8; 1590 Moyse ibid. p. 14; 1591 Moyse ibid. p. 18; 1592 Moyse ibid. p. 21; 1593/4 Moyse ibid. p. 31; 1594 Moyse ibid. p. 31
Finland
Early Modern Swedish
1582 Moisze (nom) Audén1980 p. 172
France
Middle French
1563 Moyse RegPCC-1 p. 34; 1566 Moyse ibid. p. 265; 1588 Moïse raymond1588 p. 567
Germany
Latin
1322 Mosseke (nom) VFBStralsund 71, Mosseken (abl) ibid. 71
Italy
Latin
959 Moise (nom) RegSAp 1, Moisen (gen) ibid. 1
Cite as: R. Le Get, S.L. Uckelman. "Moses". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2020, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2020/1/name/Moses.