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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.
The surname Murray was 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
. 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.
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.
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
and printed products wherever possible.
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir Robert Moray (Murrey, Murray) (1608-1673), a Scottish soldier, statesman, diplomat, judge, spy, freemason and natural philosopher; John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl, KT
(1660-1724) was a Scottish nobleman, Knight of the Thistle, politician, and soldier; William Murray, 1st Earl of Dysart...
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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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
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Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, 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 Ameri ca.
Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Murray:
Murray Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Francis Murray, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
- Anna Murray, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
- Johnathan Murray, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1687
Murray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Barbara Murray, who landed in Cape Fear, North Carolina in 1737
- Charles Murray, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- Garret Murray, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- Elizabeth Murray, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1755
- Archibald Murray, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1755
Murray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Murray of County Derry, who went to Philadelphia in 1803 aboard the "Mohawk"
- Alex Murray, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- Hannah Murray, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- William Murray, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- Robert Murray, aged 46, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
Murray Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Murray, who landed in Colorado in 1901
Murray Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Margaret Murray, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
- Christopher Murray, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
- Mary Murray, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
- Morton Murray, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1783
- Mr. John Murray Sr., U.E. (b. 1735) born in Scotland from Tryon County, New York, USA who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia c. 1783, then settling in Prince Edward Island, [Island of Saint John], New Brunswick in 1784 was a passenger aboard the ship "Eleanor", married to Mary Kennedy having 8 children, he is among the 37 names listed on the Bedeque Harbour Loyalist Monument in Prince Edward Island 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
Murray Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Donald Murray, aged 25, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
- Hugh Murray, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1815
- Isabella Murray, aged 18, landed in Canada in 1815
- Angus Murray, aged 72, landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
- Christian Murray, aged 25, arrived in Canada in 1815
Murray Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Murray, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- John Murray, a weaver, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- John Murray, a tailor, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- John Murray, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Elizabeth Murray, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
Murray Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John A. Murray, aged 25, a clerk, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- William Murray, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- John Murray, aged 24, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
- John Murray, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
- Mary Murray, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
- William James "Bill" Murray (b. 1950), Academy Award-nominated, Primetime Emmy Award winning, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor
- John Edward Murray Jr. (1932-2015), American chancellor and a professor of law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 11th President of Duquesne University (1988-2001)
- Bruce Churchill Murray (1931-2013), American space scientist, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1976–1982)
- Albert L. Murray (1916-2013), African-American literary and jazz critic, novelist, essayist and biographer
- Dr Joseph Murray (1919-2012), American doctor who won the Nobel prize in 1990 for his pioneering work in human organ transplants
- Jim Murray (1919-1998), American who won the NSSA's Sportswriter of the Year award fourteen times (twelve of those consecutively.) In 1990, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his 1989 columns, and the Baseball Hall of Fame awarded him the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 1987
- Jeanne Murray (b. 1923), original name of Jean Stapleton, American character actress of stage, television and film, best known for her portrayal of Edith Bunker in All in the Family
- Vice Admiral George Dominic Murray (1889-1956), American early naval aviator
- First Lieutenant Charles P Murray Jr. (b. 1921), American Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
- Patty Murray (b. 1950), American Politician, United States Senator for Washington (from 1992)
Arrow Air Flight 1285
- Mr. Michael Wade Murray (b. 1954), American Sergeant from Washington, Indiana, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
- Mr. Peter Murray, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Mr. Robert J. Murray (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
- Mr. James Anderson Murray (1871-1917), Canadian Naval Instructor aboard the HMCS Niobe from Quebec, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Master James Monson Murray (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Ms. Jacqueline Murray, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
- Mr. Malcolm Murray (1912-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Beaconsfield, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. Sidney Murray (b. 1921), English Electrical Artificer 5th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Hugh Murray (b. 1917), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cockermouth, Cumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Frederick C Murray (b. 1920), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Earlsfield, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. A Murray, British Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Michael Murray, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Jean Aitkin Murray (1906-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from0, Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
- Master Walter Murray, Scottish 3rd Class passenger residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mrs. Margaret Murray, Scottish 3rd Class passenger residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mrs. Mary Murray, English 3rd Class passenger returning from Cuba, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mrs. Rose Ellen Murray, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Family Ties of Roy Harold Murray by Miriam Clouds Murray.
- Golden Clan: the Murrays, the McDonnells, and the Irish American Aristocracy by John Corry.
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 PrętMotto Translation:
|Murray Clan Badge|
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... MoreSepts of the Distinguished Name Murray
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- ^ 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
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
- Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
- Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
- Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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