McMurrin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McMurrin family

The surname McMurrin was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), 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 McMurrin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMurrin research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 159 and 1595 are included under the topic Early McMurrin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McMurrin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacMorran, MacMoran, MacMurrin, MacMorrion, MacMorane and many more.

Early Notables of the McMurrin family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMurrin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McMurrin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McMurrin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David McMurrin, who landed in Virginia in 1735 [1]
  • Margaret McMurrin, who arrived in Virginia in 1739 [1]
McMurrin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Everard L. McMurrin, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1912 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Ustace McMurrin, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Metapan" from Kingston, Jamaica [3]
  • George McMurrin, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McMurrin (post 1700) +

  • Sterling M. McMurrin (1914-1966), American Mormon theologian and philosophy professor, United States Commissioner of Education (1961-1962)
  • Roger McMurrin (b. 1939), American conductor and pastor
  • Joseph W. McMurrin (1858-1932), American general authority and a member of the First Council of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1897-1932)


The McMurrin 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: Virtus virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Virtue is its own reward.


  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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJTZ-HYH : 6 December 2014), Everard L. McMurrin, 24 Feb 1912; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN7G-QJ8 : 6 December 2014), Ustace McMurrin, 01 Nov 1923; citing departure port Kingston, arrival port New York, ship name Metapan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNJ8-LJW : 6 December 2014), George McMurrin, 02 Jul 1923; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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