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Gender: Male Meaning of Moss: "descendant of Moses" Origin of Moss: English

The name Moss is a boy's name of English origin meaning "descendant of Moses". Moss and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

This evocative green nature name, heard much more frequently as a surname, is associated with playwright Moss Hart (born Robert), who co-wrote (with George S. Kaufman) such enduring Broadway comedies as The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can't Take it With You.

Never having made it onto the popularity list, Moss would make a distinctively fresh and attractive alternative to Ross.

Prominent bearers of Moss as a surname include British auto racer Stirling, supermodel Kate, and Elisabeth Moss, best known as Peggy Olson on Mad Men.

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Famous People Named Moss

Moss Hart, American playwright
Dave Moss aka Lasercorn, American YouTuber and member of Smosh Games

Pop Culture References for the name Moss

Maurice "Moss" Moss from British TV's "The IT Crowd"
Moss Goodman, from TV's "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodds"
Shaded Moss, character from the book series "Warriors" by Erin Hunter
Briar Moss, character in Tamora Pierce's "Circle of Magic" series


aftonolivia Says:


My dad's name is Maurice pronounced like Morris and he goes by Moss!

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:


"I came here to drink milk and kick ass. And I just finished my milk."

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:


Immediately makes me think of Maurice Moss from the IT Crowd :)

indiefendi2 Says:


I like Moss by itself, as a nickname for Thomas or Moses. I love the greenness of it 🌿😋

flora_kate Says:


I've always felt that this name was incomplete by itself, so I love Morris as a full name!

lesliemarion Says:


It's hard to find lovely nature names for boys and Moss is one.

raevynstar Says:


Could be an awesome nn for Morris!