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Murdaugh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Murdaugh is an ancient Dalriadan-Scottish nickname for a person associated with the sea. The name Murdaugh derives from one of two Gaelic names which have become indistinguishable from each other. The first of these, Muireach, means belonging to the sea or a mariner. The second name is Murchadh, which means sea warrior.

Early Origins of the Murdaugh family


The surname Murdaugh was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Murdaugh family


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Murdaugh 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. Murdaugh has been written as Murdock, Murdoch, Murtoch, Murtough and others.

Early Notables of the Murdaugh family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Murdaugh family to Ireland


Some of the Murdaugh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Murdaugh family to the New World and Oceana


Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Murdaugh or a variant listed above: John Murdoch settled in New England in 1718; John Murdoch settled in North Carolina in 1774; Robert Murdoch settled in New Hampshire in 1718; Jeremiah Murdock settled in Virginia in 1726.

Contemporary Notables of the name Murdaugh (post 1700)


  • Dr. Edward D. Murdaugh, American first administrator of Frostburg State University from 1853 to 1925, President of University of Central Oklahoma (1895-1901)
  • Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Murdaugh, American Naval commander of the USS Edison (DD-439), a Gleaves-class destroyer

The Murdaugh 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: Omine secundo
Motto Translation: With favourable omen.


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