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Many of the oldest Irish surnames were originally in the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Murphey is O Murchadha or Mac Murchadha, which are both derived from the word "murchadh," meaning "sea warrior."

Murphey Early Origins



The surname Murphey was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Murphey Spelling Variations


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Murphey Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Murphey were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Murphy, Morchoe, O'Murphy, Murfie, Murfree, Morfie, Morfey and many more.

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Murphey Early History


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Murphey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murphey research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1127, 1172, 1650, 1716 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Murphey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Murphey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murphey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murphey Notables 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



A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Murphey or a variant listed above:

Murphey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edmund Murphey, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Thomas Murphey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763
  • Esther Murphey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • William Murphey, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777

Murphey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Murphey, who arrived in America in 1808
  • Edward Murphey, aged 55, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • James Murphey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • John Murphey, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Daniel Murphey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Murphey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Archibald Murphey U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [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

Murphey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Matilda Murphey, aged 16, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murphey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Murphey (post 1700)



  • Peter Murphey, an officer in the Confederate States Navy during the U.S. Civil War
  • Todd Murphey (b. 1977), American mixed martial artist
  • Ryan Murphey, American Grammy-nominated music producer, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist
  • Christopher Murphey, American writer and producer
  • Charles Murphey (1799-1861), American lawyer and politician
  • Brad Murphey (b. 1955), former American-born Australian racecar driver
  • Cecil “Cec” Murphey (b. 1933), American writer
  • Jason Murphey, American Republican politician from Oklahoma
  • Archibald DeBow Murphey (1777-1832), American North Carolina politician
  • Michael Martin Murphey (b. 1945), American singer-songwriter

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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: Fortis et hospitalis
Motto Translation: Brave and hospitable.


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See Also


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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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

The Murphey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murphey 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.

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