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Maurice (m) Latin, ‘a Moor.’ Usage of this name in
Scotland probably reflects Irish ancestry. Maurice has long been used in Ireland as a substitute for Muirgheas, ‘sea choice.’ In the Highlands it also served, e.g., amongst the Macraes, as a substitute for Muireach—see Murdo. In Scotland the spelling Morris occurs, but this may derive from the surname (which itself derives from Maurice).

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