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The ancestors of the first families to use the name Murdock lived in ancient Scotland in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used as a nickname for a person associated with the sea. The name Murdock 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.

Murdock Early Origins



The surname Murdock 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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Murdock Spelling Variations


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Murdock Spelling Variations



In various documents Murdock has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Murdock, Murdoch, Murtoch, Murtough and others.

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Murdock Early History


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Murdock Early History



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

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Murdock Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murdock Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Murdock In Ireland


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Murdock In Ireland



Some of the Murdock 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


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The Great Migration



Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Murdock family emigrate to North America:

Murdock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Murdock, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Jeremiah Murdock settled in Virginia in 1726
  • William Murdock, who arrived in Oxford, Maryland in 1747
  • Alexander, Anne, Elizabeth, Hamilton, James, John, Margaret, Mary, Sarah, and William Murdock all settled in Charles Town Carolina in 1763
  • James Murdock, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1774

Murdock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Murdock, aged 26, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
  • Sarah Murdock, aged 45, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
  • Esther Murdock, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • M Anne Murdock, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Philip Murdock, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Murdock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Findley Murdock U.E., (Finley, Murdoch) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [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

Murdock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Murdock, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833

Murdock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Murdock, aged 48, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"

Murdock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Marion Murdock, aged 39, a grocer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murdock (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Murdock (post 1700)



  • Ian Ashley Murdock (1973-2015), German-born American software engineer, known for being the founder of the Debian project
  • Judy Murdock, American Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award nominated makeup artist, known for her work on I Am Legend (2007), I, Robot (2004) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • Jack Murdock (1922-2001), American actor, known for his work in Rain Man (1988), Altered States (1980) and Blue Thunder (1983)
  • George Murdock (1930-2012), American actor, known for his work in The X Files (1998), Orange County (2002) and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • James Murdock (1931-1981), born David Lee Baker, an American actor, known for his roles in Rawhide (1959), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Some of My Best Friends Are (1971)
  • Orenthal James "O. J." Murdock (1987-2012), American football wide receiver
  • Ann Murdock (1890-1939), born Irene Coleman, early American stage and silent film actress
  • Forrest G. Murdock, founding president of El Camino College, eponym of Murdock Stadium
  • John R. Murdock (1885-1972), U.S. Representative from Arizona
  • John Murdock (1792-1871), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary, first mission president for the LDS Church in Australia
  • ... (Another 10 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: Omine secundo
Motto Translation: With favourable omen.


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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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  9. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  10. 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.
  11. ...

The Murdock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murdock 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 1 November 2016 at 15:02.

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