Murdy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan kingdom consisted of the Hebrides islands, and the rugged mountains of Scotland west coast. The name Murdy began in this region; it was a nickname for a seagoing warrior. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Mhurchaidh, which means son of the sea warrior.

Early Origins of the Murdy family

The surname Murdy was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Murdy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murdy research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murdy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Murdy Spelling Variations

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Murdy has been spelled MacMurdo, MacMurdie, MacMurdy, Murdoson, MacMurdiston and many more.

Early Notables of the Murdy family (pre 1700)

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United States Murdy migration to the United States +

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Murdy were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Murdy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pat Murdy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Andrew Murdy, who arrived in America in 1824 [1]
  • John Murdy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • George Murdy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Murdy (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Murdy, American co-founder of Rawle Murdy Associates, an advertising, marketing, and public relations firm based in Charleston


  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)


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