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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.

Murdaugh Early Origins



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.

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Murdaugh Spelling Variations


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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.

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Murdaugh Early History


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Murdaugh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murdaugh research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1214, 1296, and 1420 are included under the topic Early Murdaugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Murdaugh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murdaugh Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Murdaugh In Ireland


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Murdaugh In Ireland



Some of the Murdaugh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murdaugh (post 1700)


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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

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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: Omine secundo
Motto Translation: With favourable omen.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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    The Murdaugh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murdaugh 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.

    This page was last modified on 24 August 2015 at 09:13.

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