One of the things that fascinates me about this family name is how it transitioned over time. The earliest Scottish records [c.1236] have it as More – or de la More in the Norman style that would have been used for Edward, Hammer of Scotland’s records of the Ragman Rolls of 1296. Then in the time of the first Stewart kings, the name was changed to Mure at the request of Robert III [c.1390], son of Elizabeth More of Rowallan. It was not until the late 1600’s – early 1700’s that the name was changed to Muir, and I am still looking for the reason. More of the details of these surnames will be found in my book.
Crest Badge of Clan Muir
And let’s not forget an even earlier version of the name, originating in Ireland in the 2nd-4th centuries CE: the O’Mordha [pronounced O’More], a clan emerging out of the legendary Red Branch Warrior Society. There is a clear link between the Mures/Mores of Scotland and Ireland. Again, a discussion of the O’Mores is to be found in my book.
Arms of O’More