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Gender: M Meaning of Moritz: "dark-skinned" Origin of Moritz: German form of Maurice

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The exotic-to-the-English-ear Moritz is a Top 20 name in Germany and a form of Maurice or Morris, which are modern variations of the ancient Roman Maurus. There were several early saints named Maurus and a famous 3rd century Saint Maurice, who was a Roman infantryman who was martyred when he refused to worship Roman gods. The Moritz form also references the posh Swiss ski resort St. Moritz.

Famous People Named Moritz

Moritz Steinschneider, Czech bibliographer and Orientalist
Moritz Moszkowski, German composer and pianist
Moritz Bleibtreu, German actor
Moritz Schlick, German philosopher

Pop Culture References for the Name Moritz

Moritz Stiefel, main character in Broadway musical "Spring Awakening"