McMurchy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the McMurchy family

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.

Early History of the McMurchy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMurchy research. Another 102 words (7 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.

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.

Early Notables of the McMurchy family (pre 1700)

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


United States McMurchy migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Charles McMurchy, aged 5, who landed in North Carolina in 1774 [1]
  • Elizabeth McMurchy, aged 8, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774 [1]
  • Neil McMurchy, aged 3, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774 [1]
McMurchy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McMurchy, who settled in New York, NY in 1822

Canada McMurchy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McMurchy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Donald McMurchy, who arrived in Canada in 1855

Contemporary Notables of the name McMurchy (post 1700) +

  • George W. McMurchy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904 [2]


The McMurchy 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.


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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