Murdick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murdick research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1214, 1296, and 1420 are included under the topic Early Murdick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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Ireland 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 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Murdick migration to the United States +

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 [1]

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 [2]

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.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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