In ancient Scotland
, the first people to use Murfett as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons
. It was a name someone who lived in the place called Moffatt, in Scotland
. The place-name is derived from the Gaelic words magh
which mean field
Hence, the surname Murfett means, from the long field.
Early Origins of the Murfett family
The surname Murfett was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, at Annandale
where the first on record was Nicholas de Mufet who began his life as a simple cleric and was first recorded as witness to a charter by Walter, bishop of Glasgow, some time before 1232. Approximately twenty years later, in 1250, he was made Archdeacon of Theuidale and eventually, in 1268, he was made Bishop of Glasgow. After only two years of holding the position of bishop, he died, in the year 1270.
Early History of the Murfett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murfett research.Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1348, 1467, 1553, 1604, 1553, 1604, 1795, 1883, 1815 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Murfett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Murfett Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred
years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations
in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Murfett has been spelled Moffatt, Maffat, Maffett, Maffet, Moffat, Moffet, Moffett, Moffert, Moffertt, Moffit, Moffitt, Merphet, Merphett, Merfet, Merfett, Murphat, Murphatt, Murphet, Murphett, Muffat, Muffatt, Muffett, Muffet, Muffit and many more.
Early Notables of the Murfett family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Muffet (also Moufet, Mouffet, or Moffet) (1553-1604), an English naturalist and physician, best known for his Puritan beliefs, his study of insects in regard to medicine; and Robert Moffat (1795-1883). Starting off as a gardener, he decided to become a missionary... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murfett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Murfett family to Ireland
Some of the Murfett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 words (9 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 Murfett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Murfett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Richard Murfett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM - EMIGRANT SHIP - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DavidMalcolm.htm