Maurice - Meaning of Maurice
The name was introduced by the Normans into England in the form Meurisse, and was relatively popular in the Middle English era in the form Morris. It was later borne in the 16th century by members of the ducal families of Saxony, notably Maurice of Nassau (1567-1625), the Prince of Orange who helped to found the Dutch Republic.
The name saw a moderate increase in use in the mid-19th century. It is sometimes taken as a French name in the USA and Britain, owing to the fame of the charming Belgian-French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972). In the USA, the name Maurice is often pronounced like a French name with the stress on the last syllable, while in the UK the name is pronounced no differently from the form Morris. In literature, the name has been borne by the titular character of the E. M. Forster novel Maurice (1913). The name Maurizia (Italian) is the female form of Maurice.
The name Maurice is widely used; it has 67 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Baurice, Maricio, Maritz, Maruo, Maur, Maurea, Maurecio, Mauree, Maurell, Maureo, Maurey, Maurids, Mauridsje, Mauriece, Maurikas, Maurino, Maurio, Mauris, Maurius, Mauryc, Maurycjusz, Maurys, Merrick, Meurisse, Moreese, Morey, Morice, Morie, Moris (used in Spanish as well), and Morrice. Other English forms include the contractions Maurie (used in Spanish as well), Mo, Moe, Morrie, and Moss (used in Irish as well), the pet form Maury, and the variant spelling Maurise.
Foreign variants of Maurice include Maolmuire (Scottish), Mauli (Hawaiian), Mauri (Finnish), Mauricio (Portuguese and Spanish), Maurilio (Italian), Maurin (Italian), Mauritius (Dutch and German), Maurits (Dutch, Russian, and Scandinavian), Mauritz (German), Maurizio (Italian), Maurício (Portuguese), Maurus (German), Maurycy (Polish), Mavriki (Russian), Meuric (Welsh), Meurig (Welsh), Moricz (Hungarian), Mories (Dutch), Moritz (German, Hebrew, and Hungarian), Moriz (German), Móric (Hungarian), Muirgheas (Irish), and Muiris (Irish). Another foreign variant is the contraction Mauro (Spanish).
See also the related categories, soldiers (warrior), strength, swarthy (dark), leader (king), martyred (death), gods, english, latin, legendary (immortal), normans, sea, moor, element, charming (slender), orange, roman, actor, celtic, dutch, french, literature, irish, and uk.
Maurice is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use before. At the modest peak of its usage in 1913, 0.185% of baby boys were given the name Maurice. Its ranking then was #95. The baby name has since experienced a decline in frequency, and is of only occasional use now. In 2018, it ranked at #670 with a usage of 0.019%, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Mauricio, out of all boy names in its group. It was 21% more popular than Maurice in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Maurice include Manraj, Manric, Marcas, Marceau, Marci, Marcio, Marco, Marcos, Marcous, Marcoux, Marcus, Marcuss, Marek, Marka, Markas, Markco, Markee, Markeece, Markeese, and Markese.
† Pronunciation for Maurice: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Maurice:
Actor Michael Caine, born Maurice Micklewhite, 14 March 1933, London, England.
Illustrator Maurice Sendak, born 1928, Brooklyn, New York.
Pop Musician Maurice Gibb, born Maurice Ernest Gibb, 22 December 1949 - January 12, 2003, Douglas, Isle of Man, England.