Name apparently coined by James Fenimore Cooper for one of the characters in The Last of the Mohicans (1826). It could represent a Latinized form of Greek Korē ‘maiden’. In classical mythology this was a euphemistic name of the goddess of the underworld, Persephone, and would not have been a well-omened name to take. Nevertheless, this has not proved an obstacle to its use in the English-speaking world.
Italian (mainly southern): from the personal name Mauro, derived from the Latin personal and ethnic name Maurus, meaning ‘Moor’, ‘North African’; or from the same word, mauro, applied as a nickname or ethnic name. Compare Moore 2 and 3.