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Where did the Irish McMurray family come from? What is the Irish McMurray family crest and coat of arms? When did the McMurray family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McMurray family history?The McMurray surname in Ireland is an Anglicization of two different Gaelic names: O Muireadhaigh, and Mac Muireadhaigh.
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McMurray that are preserved in archival documents are McMurray, O'Murry, McMurry, Mulmurry, Murray and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMurray research. Another 252 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1450 and 1771 are included under the topic Early McMurray History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McMurray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the McMurray name:
McMurray Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McMurray Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute fideque
Motto Translation: By virtue and faith.
The McMurray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMurray Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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