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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Murchie family were born. 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.

Murchie Early Origins



The surname Murchie 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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Murchie Spelling Variations


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Murchie Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Murchie has been spelled MacMurchie, MacMurchy, MacUrchie, MacWurchie, MacWorthy, MacVurchie, Murchie and many more.

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Murchie Early History


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Murchie Early History



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

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Murchie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murchie Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Murchie 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



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Murchies to arrive on North American shores:

Murchie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Murchie Jr. who arrived in New York in 1774
  • Finlay Murchie, aged 45, landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Gavin Murchie, aged 11, arrived in New York, NY in 1774
  • James Murchie, aged 15, landed in New York, NY in 1774
  • John Murchie, aged 13, arrived in New York, NY in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Murchie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Andrew Murchie U.E. born in Paisley, Scotland from New York, USA who settled in Schoodic Falls [St. Stephen], Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association, son of William Murchie [1]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
  • Mr. William Murchie U.E. born in Scotland from New York, USA who settled in Schoodic Falls [St. Stephen], Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [1]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

Murchie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Murchie, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Murchie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Murchie, aged 30, a joiner, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Catherine Murchie, aged 46, a cook, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Anne Murchie, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Matilda Murchie, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murchie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Murchie (post 1700)



  • Robert Charles Murchie (b. 1885), American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire Democratic State Committee, 1912-17; Merrimack County Solicitor, 1913-17
  • Robert B. Murchie, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1934; Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 13th Circuit, 1947
  • Ned Harmon Murchie (1870-1954), American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1929-33
  • John Grimmer Murchie (1837-1916), American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1883-84
  • Harold Hale Murchie (1888-1953), American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Washington County, 1919-20; Member of Maine State Senate 15th District, 1931-32
  • George Albert Murchie (1849-1914), American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1892-96; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1900
  • Alexander Murchie, American politician, U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire, 1934-45
  • Lieutenant-General John Carl Murchie (1895-1966), Canadian Chief of Staff Canadian Military Headquarters, England
  • Lieutenant-General John Carl Murchie CB CBE CD (1895-1966), Canadian soldier and Chief of the General Staff (1943 to 1945)
  • James Murchie (1813-1900), Canadian farmer, businessman and political figure in New Brunswick
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  11. ...

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