Last name: MOSS

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MOSS : This last name is indexed 311,253 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

MOSS : 1: English: topographic name from Middle English mos ‘moss bog’ (Old English mos) for someone who lived at a boggy place or a habitational name from one or other of the many places so called such as Moss (Yorkshire) Mose in Quatford (Shropshire) and Moze (Essex).2: English: variant of Moyse.3: Irish (Ulster): adoption of the English name 1 by translation for Ó Maolmóna or Ó Maolmhóna ‘descendant of Maolmóna’ a personal name based on maol ‘servant tonsured one i.e. devotee’ + a second element assumed to be móin (genitive móna) ‘moorland peat bog’ in local English ‘moss’.4: German: unexplained.5: Americanized form of Moses or some other similar (like-sounding) Jewish surname.

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