Moir Name Study

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Clan Moir Crest
Clan Moir Crest

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Not keen on this design because it ignores the origins of the More or Moir peoples. The name refers to the time before clans were even thought of. The name goes back to the beginning of time in Scotland when the name given to people who lived in certain areas were given a suitable area name. Glen for those living in the Valleys, Loch for those living in the Loch areas and More was 2 fold and that being for Big in stature or status in their type of life style. The second refers more to Moor as in the high country. More people were the genuine Highlanders and lived in any of the higher areas through out Scotland OR in fact UK. The concept of Highlanders being above the fault line in Scotland was a modern introduction as was the introduction of the Tartan . The use of Mac or Mc was a more modern introduction that indicated son of or child of. The earliest Crest only came about after the Crusaders returned from their battles in Europe. It was the act of one James Moir that smote 3 Moors with one blow that was the seed for the crest being formed. It had the shield similar in shape to that shown here baut was white. There was a cloud above the shield with an armed wrist holding a sword pointing upward and the colour purple showing .

I do not think the 3 plumelike feature at the top is appropriate as it is so similar to the Prince of Wales plumes. That is enough for now

posted by John Moir