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Derived from Mauricius. The name of a Byzantine Emperor who ruled until the turn of the 7th century. Brought into England by the Normans, which led to several surnames such as Morris and Morse. Peaked in the U.S. prior to the turn of the 20th century. Belgian-French actor and entertainer Maurice Chevalier, kept it in front of the public starting in 1929. Morris is more commonly used today. , moorish; dark; moor land
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