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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Moses

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mo"ses
A large flatboat, used in the West Indies for taking freight from shore to ship.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Old Testament) the Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites from Egypt across the Red sea on a journey known as the Exodus; Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai
  2. United States painter of colorful and primitive rural scenes (1860-1961)
Wiktionary

From the Ancient Greek Μωϋσῆς (Mōüsês) from the Biblical Hebrew מֹשֶׁה (mōše).

  1. The pharaonic patriarch who led the slaved Jews out of Egypt, the brother of Aaron and Miriam described in the Book of Exodus and the Quran.
  2. A male given name.
  3. A surname​.
  4. A dialect of the Columbia-Wenatchi language
  5. (US, African American culture) pseudonym for Harriet Tubman
  6. A large flatboat used in the West Indies for taking freight from shore to ship.

Moses was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Gothic, Latin, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Moses

Moses is a saint. He holds the title Prophet, Saint, Seer, Lawgiver, Apostle to Pharaoh, Reformer, 'One to Whom God Spoke', 'Our Leader Moses', Leader of the Exodus, and Holy Forefather. Moses was born as the child of Amram and Jochebed in Land of Goshen.

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Moe Howard was an actor and comedian. He was most active from 1909 to 1975. Moe was given the name Moses Harry Horwitz on June 19th, 1897 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Moe is also known as Harry Howard. He passed away on May 4th, 1975.

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Moses Malone is a basketball player for the Utah Stars, Spirits of St. Louis, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, and San Antonio Spurs. Moses was born on March 23rd, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia.

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Moses Gunn was an actor. He was most prominent from 1962 to 1962. Moses was born on October 2nd, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 16th, 1993.

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Moses Mendelssohn was a philosopher. Moses was born on September 6th, 1729 in Dessau. He died on January 4th, 1786.

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Petey Pablo is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Petey was given the name Moses Mortimer Barrett III on July 22nd, 1973 in Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Moses

Moses is a saint. He holds the title Prophet, Saint, Seer, Lawgiver, Apostle to Pharaoh, Reformer, 'One to Whom God Spoke', 'Our Leader Moses', Leader of the Exodus, and Holy Forefather. Moses was born as the child of Amram and Jochebed in Land of Goshen.

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Victor Moses is a soccer player for the West Ham United F.C., Chelsea F.C., Crystal Palace F.C., Wigan Athletic F.C., Liverpool F.C., Stoke City F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Victor was born on December 12th, 1990 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Robert Moses was an urban planner. Robert was born on December 18th, 1888 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. He passed away on July 29th, 1981.

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Grandma Moses was an artist in the fields of painting and embroidery. Grandma was given the name Anna Mary Robertson on September 7th, 1860 in Greenwich, New York,. She breathed her last breath on December 13th, 1961.

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William R. Moses is an actor. He was most active from 1981 to present. William was given the name William Remington Moses by his parent Marian McCargo on November 17th, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. William is also known as Moses and William Remington.

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Mark Moses is an actor. He was most active from 1985 to present. Mark was born on February 25th, 1958 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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How popular is the baby name Moses in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 111 0 111
1881 93 0 93
1882 93 0 93
1883 82 0 82
1884 77 0 77
1885 74 0 74
1886 84 0 84
1887 87 0 87
1888 80 0 80
1889 78 0 78
1890 64 0 64
1891 70 0 70
1892 86 0 86
1893 81 0 81
1894 83 0 83
1895 70 0 70
1896 81 0 81
1897 70 0 70
1898 69 0 69
1899 77 0 77
1900 117 0 117
1901 52 0 52
1902 73 0 73
1903 86 0 86
1904 87 0 87
1905 78 0 78
1906 73 0 73
1907 91 0 91
1908 82 0 82
1909 108 0 108
1910 132 0 132
1911 128 0 128
1912 207 0 207
1913 208 0 208
1914 258 0 258
1915 287 0 287
1916 333 0 333
1917 339 0 339
1918 352 0 352
1919 347 0 347
1920 383 0 383
1921 378 0 378
1922 387 0 387
1923 381 0 381
1924 359 0 359
1925 351 9 342
1926 340 0 340
1927 321 0 321
1928 318 0 318
1929 314 0 314
1930 290 0 290
1931 298 0 298
1932 284 0 284
1933 280 0 280
1934 286 0 286
1935 256 0 256
1936 230 0 230
1937 278 0 278
1938 265 0 265
1939 255 5 250
1940 275 0 275
1941 276 0 276
1942 274 0 274
1943 301 0 301
1944 270 0 270
1945 234 0 234
1946 255 6 249
1947 282 0 282
1948 316 0 316
1949 293 0 293
1950 291 0 291
1951 316 0 316
1952 281 0 281
1953 270 0 270
1954 271 0 271
1955 267 0 267
1956 253 5 248
1957 266 0 266
1958 293 0 293
1959 273 0 273
1960 302 0 302
1961 249 0 249
1962 240 0 240
1963 216 0 216
1964 175 0 175
1965 230 0 230
1966 165 0 165
1967 172 0 172
1968 169 0 169
1969 187 0 187
1970 184 0 184
1971 199 0 199
1972 198 0 198
1973 248 0 248
1974 295 0 295
1975 341 0 341
1976 319 0 319
1977 316 0 316
1978 319 5 314
1979 374 9 365
1980 351 0 351
1981 360 0 360
1982 347 0 347
1983 332 0 332
1984 338 0 338
1985 314 0 314
1986 290 0 290
1987 318 6 312
1988 296 0 296
1989 334 0 334
1990 293 0 293
1991 339 0 339
1992 324 0 324
1993 359 0 359
1994 347 0 347
1995 304 0 304
1996 369 0 369
1997 398 0 398
1998 425 0 425
1999 459 0 459
2000 517 0 517
2001 537 0 537
2002 509 0 509
2003 499 0 499
2004 491 0 491
2005 474 0 474
2006 614 0 614
2007 605 0 605
2008 562 0 562
2009 540 0 540
2010 514 0 514
2011 502 0 502
2012 483 0 483
2013 599 0 599
2014 583 0 583
2015 636 0 636
2016 664 0 664
2017 618 0 618

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Popularity of Moses as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Moses U.S.
  White 55.05% 64.26%
  African American 34.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.03% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.16% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.60% 16.26%

Of Last Name Moses

People with the last name Moses are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Moses

  • What name lists does Moses rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Moses? Moses is the 1,182nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Moses was the 887th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Moses have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 38,601 babies born with the first name Moses in the United States. That's more than enough people named Moses to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Moses? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 111 new born babies.
  • When was Moses first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Moses is Tuesday, August 8th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Moses born? The highest recorded use of the first name Moses was in 2016 with a total of 664 babies.
  • Random Moses Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Moses ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 37 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Moses: Your name in reverse order is Sesom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sosem. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Moses? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 39,216 people with the last name Moses.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Moses? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Moses as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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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