Quick Facts on Maurice
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A Moor; dark, swarthy
Characteristics of Maurice
Etymology & Historical Origin - Maurice
Maurice is an English and French masculine name from the Late Latin Mauricius, a derivative of Maurus which was a medieval byname for a Moor and means ‘dark, swarthy’. The Moors were Muslims from northern Africa who came to conquer and occupy the Iberian Peninsula for hundreds of years starting in the 8th century. Although the word ‘swarthy’ has negative connotations today, originally it was meant to indicate a dark complexion or weather-beaten face (more of a physical attribute of the Moors compared to the lighter complexions of Western Europeans). The name was born by a 6th century Byzantine emperor who successfully defeated the Persians and expanded the empire further east. However, the real influence behind this name’s popularity in the Middle Ages was thanks to a third century saint, Maurice – after whom St. Moritz, Switzerland is named. Saint Maurice was an Egyptian and a Roman soldier. He and his legion were called by the Emperor Maximian to suppress revolts taking place in Gaul. The pagan Roman Emperor apparently ordered the soldiers to harass the Christians and pay homage to the Roman pagan gods. Under the encouragement of St. Maurice, the legion of more than 6,000 men and soldiers refused and were thus executed for their insubordination. St. Maurice was martyred and became a much admired saint (especially in France and Spain). Maurice was brought to England by the Normans in the Middle Ages where the name generated adequate success among English-speakers.
Popularity of the Name Maurice
Maurice is a name that dates back to at least the 19th century in the United States. Back at the turn of the 20th century, this was a name that hovered close to the Top 100 most favored boy names in America. In fact, between 1911 and 1914, Maurice did manage to squeeze in there briefly. Over the ensuring nearly 100 years, Maurice has been inconspicuously declining on the male naming charts. The name is basically reaching its all time low right now at bearly moderate levels of usage. Since the turn of the 21st century, the Spanish and Portuguese version of this name (Mauricio) has now surpassed his English/French counterpart in the United States (although not by much). Maurice can either be pronounced like Morris (MAWR-is) or like the more sophisticated French version (mo-REES). It’s a charming name with a tall, dark and handsome quality.
Popularity of the Boy Name Maurice
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maurice
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maurice
Maurice: A Novel (E. M. Forster) Set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and on into his father's firm, Hill and Hall, Stock Brokers. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, "stepping into the niche that England had prepared for him": except that his is homosexual. Written during 1913 and 1914, immediately after Howards End, and not published until 1971, Maurice was ahead of its time in its theme and in its affirmation that love between men can be happy. "Happiness," Forster wrote, "is its keynote. In Maurice I tried to create a character who was completely unlike myself or what I supposed myself to be: someone handsome, healthy, bodily attractive, mentally torpid, not a bad businessman and rather a snob. Into this mixture I dropped an ingredient that puzzles him, wakes him up, torments him and finally saves him."
Popular Songs on Maurice
A Day in the Life of Maurice Haylett - a song by Caravan
Enter Maurice - a song by the Steve Miller Band
The Joker - a song by the Steve Miller Band
Twat Called Maurice - a song by Consumed
Children's Books on the Baby Name Maurice
Maurice Sendak (Charlotte Guillain) - Introduce students to Maurice Sendak, the author of childrens favorites like Where the Wild Things Are. This biography uses simple text structures and clear images to help readers learn about this amazing writer. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Maurice's Room (Paula Fox) - Eight-year-old Maurice's struggle to protect his bedroom full of treasured "junk" from unsympathetic parents undergoes a transformation when the family moves to the country. Recommended for ages 7-11.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Terry Pratchett) - Winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal . One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town. They'd have been really amazed if they'd ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money. The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets....Recommended for ages 12-16.
Famous People Named Maurice
Famous People Named Maurice - Maurice Sendak (children's book author); Maurice Ravel (French composer); Maurice de Hirsch (German-Jewish philanthropist); Maurice Joseph Micklewhite (aka Michael Caine, actor); Maurice Chevalier (French singer/actor); Maurice Ernest Gibb (musician); Maurice (a 6th century Byzantine emperor); Saint Maurice (aka St. Moritz, a 3rd century saint)
Children of Famous People Named Maurice
Famous People Who Named Their Son Maurice - Sarah Bernhardt (actress)
Personality of the Boy Name Maurice
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Maurice