I’ve always thought of mór (as in an Gorta Mór) simply as an Irish vocabulary word. So I was a bit surprised to learn that it was once used as a female name:
In the late middle ages, the name Mór (meaning great or big) was very popular for a woman. Although given the 21st century obsession with being skinny, it’s difficult to see that one making a comeback.
That quote comes from The Name Game by Bernice Mulligan, published in yesterday’s Irish Independent.
According to Irish Names by Donnchadh Ó Corráin and Fidelma Maguire, the following names were also popular in Ireland during the Middle Ages:
And I thought modern Irish names were intimidating.