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

The Murie family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Murie family lived in the county of Moray in the northeast of Scotland, but some historians describe the Clan's forbears as originally Flemish, some as Lowland Scots. More enlightened research places them as descendents of MacAngus de Moravia, who was descended from King Duncan of Scotland and who was the first Earl of Murray.

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Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Murie include Murray, Murrey, Moray, Morey, Morrey, Morry, Murry and many more.

First found in Moray, where the Clan founder, Freskin, received a grant of the lands of Strathbrock in 1100 AD. He was descended from the first Earl, and his grandson, William, married the heiress of the Bothwell Clan in Lanarkshire. His sons founded many other houses, including the Murrays of Tullibardine, who later became the Dukes of Atholl, and Chiefs of the Clan. At the same time, an early branch in the north had given origin to the Earls of Sutherland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murie research. Another 1191 words(85 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1170, 1100, 1255, 1297, 1320, 1333, 1360, 1629, 1703, 1446, 1586, 1598, 1598, 1715, 1745, 1765, 1608, 1673, 1660, 1724, 1600, 1655, 1631, 1703, 1640, 1650, 1716, 1691, 1701, 1663, 1719, 1710, 1715, 1663, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Murie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 243 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Murie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Murie:

Murie Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Dinah Murie, aged 33, who settled in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1907
  • Johnson Murie, aged 34, who landed in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1907
  • Archibald Murie, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1909
  • Archibald Murie, aged 22, who landed in America from Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1910
  • Andrew Murie, aged 44, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1921


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  • Olaus Johan Murie (1889-1963), American naturalist, author, and wildlife biologist, the "father of modern elk management"
  • Margaret Thomas "Mardy" Murie (1902-2003), American naturalist, author, adventurer, and conservationist, the "Grandmother of the Conservation Movement", recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Adolph Murie (1899-1974), American scientist who studied wolves in their natural habitat
  • David Murie (b. 1976), Scottish footballer


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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: Tout PrÍt
Motto Translation: Quite ready.

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  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Murie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murie 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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