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Where did the Scottish Murfet family come from? What is the Scottish Murfet family crest and coat of arms? When did the Murfet family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Murfet family history?

Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Murfet were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in the place called Moffatt, in Scotland. The place-name is derived from the Gaelic words magh and fada, which mean field and long. Hence, the surname Murfet means, from the long field.

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The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Murfet has appeared as Moffatt, Maffat, Maffett, Maffet, Moffat, Moffet, Moffett, Moffert, Moffertt, Moffit, Moffitt, Merphet, Merphett, Merfet, Merfett, Murphat, Murphatt, Murphet, Murphett, Muffat, Muffatt, Muffett, Muffet, Muffit and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, at Annandale where the first on record was Nicholas de Mufet who began his life as a simple cleric and was first recorded as witness to a charter by Walter, bishop of Glasgow, some time before 1232. Approximately twenty years later, in 1250, he was made Archdeacon of Theuidale and eventually, in 1268, he was made Bishop of Glasgow. After only two years of holding the position of bishop, he died, in the year 1270.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murfet research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1348, 1467, 1553, 1604, 1795, 1883, 1815, 1870 and are included under the topic Early Murfet History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 125 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murfet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Murfet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Murfet Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Arthur Murfet, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Sheffield, Australia, in 1919

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  • Adam Murfet (b. 1980), Australian camera and electrical operator from Melbourne


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The Murfet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murfet 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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