Scotland's western coastal mountains and the desolate Hebrides
spawned the line of the Murdick family. The name Murdick was originally a nickname
for a person associated with the sea. The name Murdick 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 Murdick family
The surname Murdick 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 Murdick family
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Murdick Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Murdick has been spelled Murdock, Murdoch, Murtoch, Murtough and others.
Early Notables of the Murdick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Murdick family to Ireland
Some of the Murdick 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.
Migration of the Murdick family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Murdick were among those contributors:
Murdick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- S H Murdick, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Murdick (post 1700)
- Clarence H. Murdick, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Vermont convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Murdick 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.