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Murdock Surname History



Rugged coastal mountains and the windswept Hebrides islands were the home of the first family to use the name Murdock. It was originally given to a person associated with the sea. The name Murdock derives from one of two Gaelic names which have become indistinguishable from each other. The first of these, Muireach, means belonging to the sea or a mariner. The second name is Murchadh, which means sea warrior.


Early Origins of the Murdock family


The surname Murdock was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Murdock family


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Murdock Spelling Variations


Many spelling variations of Murdock have been recorded over the years, including Murdock, Murdoch, Murtoch, Murtough and others.

Early Notables of the Murdock family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Murdock family to Ireland


Some of the Murdock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Murdock family to the New World and Oceana


Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to the Crown re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Murdocks to arrive on North American shores:

Murdock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Murdock, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jeremiah Murdock, who settled in Virginia in 1726
  • William Murdock, who arrived in Oxford, Maryland in 1747 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alexander, Anne, Elizabeth, Hamilton, James, John, Margaret, Mary, Sarah, and William Murdock all, who settled in Charles Town Carolina in 1763
  • James Murdock, aged 31, who arrived in New York, NY in 1774 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Murdock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Murdock, aged 26, who arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Sarah Murdock, aged 45, who arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Esther Murdock, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • M Anne Murdock, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Philip Murdock, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Murdock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Findley Murdock U.E., (Finley, Murdoch) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Murdock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Murdock, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833

Murdock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Murdock, aged 48, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm

Murdock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Marion Murdock, aged 39, a grocer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Murdock (post 1700)


  • Ian Ashley Murdock (1973-2015), German-born American software engineer, known for being the founder of the Debian project
  • Judy Murdock, American Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award nominated makeup artist, known for her work on I Am Legend (2007), I, Robot (2004) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • Jack Murdock (1922-2001), American actor, known for his work in Rain Man (1988), Altered States (1980) and Blue Thunder (1983)
  • George Murdock (1930-2012), American actor, known for his work in The X Files (1998), Orange County (2002) and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • James Murdock (1931-1981), born David Lee Baker, an American actor, known for his roles in Rawhide (1959), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Some of My Best Friends Are (1971)
  • Orenthal James "O. J." Murdock (1987-2012), American football wide receiver
  • Ann Murdock (1890-1939), born Irene Coleman, early American stage and silent film actress
  • Forrest G. Murdock, founding president of El Camino College, eponym of Murdock Stadium
  • John R. Murdock (1885-1972), U.S. Representative from Arizona
  • John Murdock (1792-1871), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary, first mission president for the LDS Church in Australia
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Murdock family



USS Arizona

  • Mr. Thomas D. Murdock, American Chief Yeoman working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking
  • Mr. Melvin Elijah Murdock, American Water Tender Second Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Luther Murdock, American Water Tender First Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking

See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm


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