The name "Maurice" is a popular boy's name that is pronounced as "maw-REESE". The name "Maurice" is believed to be of Latin origin and it means "dark-skinned or Moorish". An alternative source of the name is believed to be from the Gaelic where it meant a seafarer. This meaning was believed to have come from a much older Phoenician term "mauharim" which meant an easterner. The name was believed to have come to England along with the Normans who took it from the Romans.