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Where did the Scottish Muirhead family come from? What is the Scottish Muirhead family crest and coat of arms? When did the Muirhead family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Muirhead family history?

The ancestors of the Muirhead family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Muirhead is a name for someone who lived in Lanark, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.


Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Muirhead has been spelled Muirhead, Morehead, Moorhead, Moorehead, Murehead and others.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. Today, Muirhead is a small suburb of Glasgow, about 7 miles North-East of the city center.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muirhead research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1401 and 1491 are included under the topic Early Muirhead History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Muirhead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Muirhead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Muirhead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James and John Muirhead who were banished to the New World in 1685 by Judge Jeffreys
  • George Muirhead, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • John Muirhead, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

Muirhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Muirhead, who landed in America in 1810
  • James Muirhead, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • Alexander Muirhead arrived in Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Robert Muirhead, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874

Muirhead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Muirhead arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Helen Thompson" in 1840
  • Jane Muirhead, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan"
  • William Muirhead, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • James Muirhead, aged 20, a painter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"
  • Robert Muirhead, aged 42, a bootmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"

Muirhead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Muirhead, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Muirhead, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Christina Muirhead, aged 4, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842


  • Stanley Nelson Muirhead (1902-1942), American football player, member of the 1922 and 1923 College Football All-America Team
  • Alexander Muirhead (1848-1920), Scottish electrical engineer specializing in wireless telegraphy
  • Thomas "Tommy" Allan Muirhead (1897-1979), Scottish footballer
  • Eve Muirhead (b. 1990), Scottish 2013 World Women's Curling Championship skip from Perth
  • Aaron Muirhead (b. 1990), Scottish footballer from Dumfries
  • Scott Muirhead (b. 1984), Scottish professional footballer from Paisley
  • Robert Franklin Muirhead (1860-1941), Scottish mathematician who developed Muirhead's inequality
  • Gordon Muirhead, Scottish gold, four-time silver and bronze medalist curler, former World Champion, father of Eve Muirhead
  • George Muirhead (1715-1773), Scottish ling Uist, eponym of the Muirhead Prizes
  • Benjamin "Ben" Muirhead (b. 1983), English footballer



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: Auxilio Dei
Motto Translation: By the help of God.


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The Muirhead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Muirhead 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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