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Gender: Male Pronunciation: morris (UK); maw-reece (US and France) Meaning of Maurice: "dark-skinned" Origin of Maurice: Latin Maurice's Popularity in 2017: #652

The name Maurice is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "dark-skinned". Maurice is ranked #652 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Dark and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

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In the USA, Maurice was in the Top 200 for most of the 20th century; since 1990, however, it has been on a slow and steady decline. This name has the potential for some old-school cute nicknames such as Mo as well as the more trendy Reece.

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Famous People Named Maurice

(Joseph)-Maurice Ravel, French composer
Maurice Auguste Chevalier, French actor and singer
Maurice Couve de Murville, French Prime Minister
Maurice Ernest Gibb, lead singer of English band the Bee Gees
(Joseph Henri) Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian ice hockey player
Maurice Barrymore, American actor
Maurice Benard, American actor
Maurice Durufle, French composer
Frederick Maurice (F.M.) Powicke, English historian
Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck, Belgian playwright
Maurice Fountain, American football player
Maurice Hinchey, American politician
Maurice Hurt, American football player
Maurice Jarre, French composer
Maurice LaMarche, Canadian voice actor
Maurice Kottelat, Swiss ichthyologist
Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
Maurice Micklewhite, birth name of English actor Michael Caine
Maurice, Prince of Orange, Dutch military strategist
Maurice Victor Donald, Prince of Battenberg, youngest grandson of Queen Victoria
Maurice Quentin de La Tour, French portrait artist
Maurice Bernard Sendak, American children's writer
Maurice Alberto "Mo" Rocca, American comedian and TV personality
Maurice Samuel "Mo" Vaughn, American baseball player
Maurice John Giblin "Mo" Johnston, Scottish footballer
Maurice David Lighty, son of Tayler Hill & David Lighty
Maurice Multhaup, German footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Maurice

"Maurice," novel by E.M. Forster
Maurice Moss, character on British TV's "The IT Crowd"
Maurice, Belle's father in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"
Maurice Rodriguez aka Twister, character on animated series "Rocket Power"
Maurice Minnifield, character from TV series "Northern Exposure"
Maurice, Samantha Stephens' father on TV's "Bewitched"

Mo, Morris, Mauriece, Moss, Maureese, Mauro, Moreese, Morry, Mauritz, Maurin, Morrice

Maurice's International Variations

Mavriki (Russian) Mortiz (German) Meurig, Morys (Welsh) Maurisio, Maurecio, Richo, Maurizio, Mauritio, Maricio (Spanish) Muiris (Irish Gaelic) Maurycy, Maury (Polish) Mauridsje, Maurids (Dutch) Moricz (Hungarian) Maurits (Scandinavian) Moris (Greek) Mauricio (Portuguese)


EvaThyssen Says:


Maurice is WAAAAY better than Jayden/Noah/Jaxson/Brayden et al.

aftonolivia Says:


My dad is from Ireland and his name is Maurice pronounced Morris but living in America it's always mispronounced as Maw-reece. I always thought that Maurice pronounced Morris sounded much better than pronounced Maw-reece but maybe it's because I'm used to it. My dad actually goes by Moss, he must've gotten the nickname in college or when he came to America because all our family in Ireland call him Maurice!

MonikerWanderer Says:


This and my absolute favorite male name (Seymour) I found in a list called "Names No Boy May Be Cool Enough For". Yes, this name and many others may not be 'cool', like Jayden or Noah or Jaxson, but that doesn't mean 'uncool' names don't have the same amount, or more, meaning and substance. I wish more people would give long-forgotten names a chance, because I think the one Maurice in a sea of Braydens, Jaydens, Aidens, etc., is the one that stands out the most (in a good way). But there are forgotten names that sound (imo) remain forgotten, a la Dilbert.

headintheclouds Says:


My first association is the ape (gorilla?) Maurice from the Planet of the Apes movie; the name brings to mind a gentle type of soul, and I think it's one of the names from the older generation that deserves revival today, with appealing nicknames like Maury and Reece. I much prefer the Maw-reece pronunciation to Moh-riss, but Moh-riss is good enough, as long as it's not Maw-rice (as in the grain, which was my first instinct when I first encountered this name!).

Guest Says:


I secretly love this name. It rhymes with my name so I'd consider it.

megan7410 Says:


My grandfather's name - we live in the USA and he pronounces it like 'Morris'