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First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun moose
  1. [Zoöl] A large cervine mammal (Alces alces syn. Alces machlis, syn Alces Americanus), native of the Northern United States and Canada. The adult male is about as large as a horse, and has very large, palmate antlers. It closely resembles the European elk, and by many zoölogists is considered the same species. See Elk.
  2. A member of the Progressive Party; a Bull Moose.(Obsolescent. Cant, from the early 1900's)
  3. (capitalized)A member of the fraternal organization named Loyal Order of Moose.

Etymology: A native name; Knisteneaux mouswah; Algonquin monse. Mackenzie

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called `elk' in Europe and `moose' in North America

Earlier mus, moos, from a Northeastern Algonquian language name for the animal, such as Massachusett moos, mws, Narragansett moos or Penobscot mos (cognate to Abenaki moz), from Proto-Algonquian *mo·swa (“it strips”), referring to how a moose strips tree bark when feeding: compare Massachusett moos-u (“he strips, cuts smooth”).

  1. (US) The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces), of which the male has very large, palmate antlers.
    We saw a at the edge of the woods.
  2. (informal) An ugly person

From Dutch moes.

  1. (obsolete, rare) A stew.

    moose was also found in the following language(s): Ojibwe and Scots

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    Moose Scheib is a noteworthy person. Moose was born on June 21st, 1980.


    Moose Krause was a college coach. Moose was born on February 2nd, 1913 in Chicago. He died on December 11th, 1992.


    Moose Johnson was an ice hockey player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1905 to 1931. Moose was born on February 26th, 1886 in Montreal. He breathed his last breath on March 25th, 1963.


    Moose Harris is an alternative rock and punk rock musician and songwriter. He plays Bass guitar, Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Backing vocalist, and Fender Precision Bass. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to 2005. Moose was given the name Jason James Harris on December 17th, 1967 in Devizes.


    Moose is an artist.


    Moose Haas is a baseball player. Moose was born on April 22nd, 1956 in Baltimore.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Moose

    Bullwinkle J. Moose is a fictional character.


    Bob Moose was a baseball player. Bob was born on October 9th, 1947 in Export, Pennsylvania. He left this life on October 9th, 1976.


    Moose is an artist.


    Justin Moose is a soccer player for the Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Carolina Dynamo, D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps (1986–2010), Sriracha F.C., and Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho. Justin was born on November 23rd, 1983 in Statesville, North Carolina.


    James S. Moose was a famous somebody. James was born on October 3rd, 1903. They died in 1989.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Moose U.S.
      White 89.68% 64.26%
      African American 2.49% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 4.34% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.59% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.07% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Moose

    People with the last name Moose are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Moose

    • How Popular is the name Moose? As a last name Moose was the 9,399th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Moose first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Moose is Thursday, July 10th, 1890.
    • How unique is the name Moose? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Moose. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Moose: Your name in reverse order is Esoom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Emoos. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Moose? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,459 people with the last name Moose.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Moose? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Moose as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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