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This name, with variant spellings More and Mor, has two distinct possible origins, the first being an English nickname for a man of swarthy complexion, deriving from the Old French "more", meaning moor or swarthy. One Johannes filius (son of) More was recorded in The Knights Templars Records of Lincolnshire, dated 1185. The second possibility is that the name derives from the Old Gaelic "mor", meaning great or big, and was originally given as a nickname to one of large stature. William Mor (witness) appears in the 1198 Fine Court Rolls of Essex, and Thomas le Mor in the Curia Rolls of Kent, dated 1201.

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