This German surname of MOHRMANN is of several possible origins. It may have been a name applied as a nickname for a man with a swarthy complexion or dark hair, and was derived from the Old French word MORE. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form MAURIS. The name was borne by several early saints in the form MAURIS and was introduced into England by the Normans in the wake of the Conquest of 1066, but was never as popular in England as on the Continent. The name may also have been used by someone who lived on a moor or in a fen, or a habitation name from any of the various places that explained this word. There are numerous variant spellings which include MOHR, MOHRING, MUHR, MOERMAN, MOERINCK, MAURO, MORRIN, MOORING, MOHRKE, MORETT and MOORS, to name but a few. Alfred Otto MOHR, born on the 16th January, 1903 was an American executive for various large companies including the Founder and President of the Volksfest Association of Minnesota Inc. In 1964, The United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Social Security Administration made a report of the 'Distribution of Surnames of the Social Security Account Number File'. It was found that there were 1,091,522 different surnames in the file. In the form MOHR this name ranked 1,554th and there were an estimated number of 18,225 persons of the name. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.
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