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The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McMurchy family. Their name comes from the personal name Murdo. The Gaelic form of the surname was Mac Mhurchaidh, meaning son of Murdo. The name Murdo is equivalent to Murdock, and means sea warrior.

McMurchy Early Origins



The surname McMurchy was first found in south Uist, in the Outer Hebrides (Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Siar), in the present day Council Area of Western Isles, a region controlled by the Norwegians prior to the Treaty of Perth in 1266, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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McMurchy Spelling Variations


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McMurchy Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McMurchy has been written as MacMurchie, MacMurchy, MacUrchie, MacWurchie, MacWorthy, MacVurchie, Murchie and many more.

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McMurchy Early History


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McMurchy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMurchy research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1506 is included under the topic Early McMurchy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McMurchy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McMurchy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McMurchy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McMurchy or a variant listed above:

McMurchy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ivor McMurchy, who settled in America in 1770
  • Barbara McMurchy, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Charles McMurchy, aged 5, landed in North Carolina in 1774
  • Elizabeth McMurchy, aged 8, arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Neil McMurchy, aged 3, landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774

McMurchy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McMurchy, who came to New York, NY in 1822

McMurchy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Donald McMurchy, who arrived in Canada in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name McMurchy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McMurchy (post 1700)



  • George W. McMurchy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904

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Motto


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Motto



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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The McMurchy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMurchy 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 January 2016 at 11:43.

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