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Moses Name Meaning

Jewish; also Welsh and English: from the Biblical name borne by the Israelite leader who led the Israelites out of Egypt, as related in the Book of Exodus. The Hebrew form of the name, Moshe, is probably of Egyptian origin, from a short form of any of various ancient Egyptian personal names, such as Rameses and Tutmosis, meaning ‘conceived by (a certain god)’. However, very early in its history it acquired a folk etymology, being taken as a derivative of the Hebrew root verb mšh ‘draw (something from the water)’, and was associated with a story of the infant Moses being discovered among the bullrushes by Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2: 1–10). Moses is the usual English spelling. As a Welsh family name, it was adopted among Dissenter families in the 18th and 19th centuries. As a North American family name, it has absorbed forms of the name from other languages, for example Moise and Moshe.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Moss, Mose, Moises, Moyes, Mones, Mosey, Osen, Maser, Moser, Mozes

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Moses Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Moses. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Moses Family Origin

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Moses Family Occupations

What did your Moses ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Moses family was Labourer. Coal Miner, Tailor and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Moses. The most common Moses occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Moses's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Tailor

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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Moses Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 195,000 census records available for the last name Moses. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Moses census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Moses. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Moses. For the veterans among your Moses ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Moses Life Expectancy

What is the average Moses lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Moses life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Moses in 1943 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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