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

The Murgatroyd surname is thought to be a habitational name from an extinct place name near Halifax. It has been suggested that the place name derived from the medieval personal name Margaret and the Middle English word "royd," meaning "a clearing."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Murgatroyd, Murgatroid, Mergatroid, Mergatroyd and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1379 when John Mergetrode held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murgatroyd research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Murgatroyd History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Murgatroyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Murgatroyd Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Murgatroyd, who arrived in Maryland in 1724
  • Elizabeth Murgatroyd, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1725
  • John Murgatroyd, who came to Philadelphia in 1779

Murgatroyd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Murgatroyd, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Ellen Murgatroyd, who arrived in Detroit in 1855
  • James H. Murgatroyd, who came to Ohio in 1891
  • George Murgatroyd, who settled in Ohio in 1891

Murgatroyd Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Hilton Murgatroyd, who settled in Baltimore in 1900
  • Francis Charles Murgatroyd, who arrived in Colorado in 1938


  • Dr. Stephen John Murgatroyd (b. 1950), English writer, broadcaster and University professor
  • Bryan Murgatroyd (b. 1969), Namibian cricketer
  • Cecil G. Murgatroyd (1958-2001), long-running satirical political candidate in Australia and New Zealand
  • William A. Murgatroyd (b. 1893), analytical chemist


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