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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Where did the Scottish Murray family come from? What is the Scottish Murray family crest and coat of arms? When did the Murray family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Murray family history?Murray was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The ancestors of the Murray 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.
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Murray has appeared 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murray 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 Murray History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 243 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Murray 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.
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Murray:
Murray Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Murray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Murray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Murray Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Murray Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Murray Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Murray Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Murray Settlers in New Zealand 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: Tout Pręt
Motto Translation: Quite ready.
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Murray
Bainese, Balnave, Balnaves, Balnavis, Balneaves, Banese, Bannese, Baynese, Benase, Benes, Benese, Bennase, Bennes, Bennese, Dandemore, Dansmore, Densmore, Desmore, Dinmoor, Dinmoore, Dinmore, Dinmuir, Dinsmoor, Dinsmoore, Dinsmore, Dinsmuir, Dinsmure, Drimmie, Dundemore, Dunmoor, Dunmoore, Dunmore, Dunmuir, Dunmur, Dunsmoor, Dunsmoore, Dunsmore, Dunsmuir, Dunsmure, Dynmoor, Dynmoore, Dynmore, Dynmour, Dynmuir, Dynmur, Dynmure, Dynsmoor, Dynsmoore, Dynsmore, Dynsmuir and more.
The Murray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murray 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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