The Irish surname of McLEMORE was derived from the Old French word 'more' - a nickname given to one with a swarthy complexion. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. There are also places of the name in Cheshire, from which the name may have been derived. Other spellings of the name include MOOR, MOORE, MOORS, MORO, O'MORA, O'MOORE and MOIR, to name but a few. The name was taken to Ireland at an early date, and is one of the twenty most popular names in Ireland. Of the several thousand Moore families, some are of settler descent, their forebears being immigrants from England, who have come to Ireland in considerable numbers over the centuries since the Anglo-Norman invasion. Others of Irish descent were of the great O'More sept, in Ireland as O'Modha, the principle sept of the seven sept of Leix. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. 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. Other records of the name mention Johannes filius More, 1185 County Kent. More Kalendrer was documented in County Surrey in 1332, and Thomas Mor was recorded in the year 1340 Elizabeth Mure, daughter of Sir Adam Mure of Rowallan, became Queen of King Robert II in 1347. Alicia del More of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Henry More married Alice Simpson in London in the year of 1578. Francis Moore (1656-1715) was an Astrolger and quack physician. He advertised his pills by publishing an almanac, forecasting the weather. George Moore (1852-1933) was the Irish novelist, the author of Esther Water, The Brook of Kerith, Heloise and Abelard.
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