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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 Murphy is O Murchadha or Mac Murchadha, which are both derived from the word "murchadh," meaning "sea warrior."
The surname Murphy 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.
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Murphy dating from that time include Murphy, Morchoe, O'Murphy, Murfie, Murfree, Morfie, Morfey and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murphy research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1127, 1172, 1650, 1716 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Murphy History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murphy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
for the distant shores of North America and Australia
. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England
. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence
. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Murphy family relocated to North American shores quite early:
Murphy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Abraham Murphy, who settled in Maryland in 1674
- Abraham Murphy, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
- Daniel Murphy, who came to Maryland in 1678
- Edmund Murphy, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
- Howard Murphy, who landed in Maryland in 1678
Murphy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edward Murphy, who settled in Boston in 1766
- Dennis Murphy, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1766
- Eleanor Murphy, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767
- Ann Murphy, who settled in Philadelphia in 1773
Murphy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francis Murphy, who came to New York in 1803
- Arthur Murphy, who settled in Philadelphia in 1804
- Arthur Murphy, aged 49, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
- Philip Murphy, aged 22, arrived in Maryland in 1812
- Peter Murphy, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
Murphy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henrique Murphy, who arrived in Alabama in 1927
Murphy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- James Murphy, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mr. Duke Murphy U.E. who settled in Westmoreland County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River
- Mrs. Elizabeth Murphy U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River
- Mr. Luke Murphy U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mr. Timothy Murphy U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
Murphy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Anne Murphy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1803
- Gerald Murphy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1806
- Bridget Murphy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
- Ellen Murphy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
- David Murphy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
Murphy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edmund Murphy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Anthony Murphy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Murphy, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- James Murphy, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Michael Murphy, a tanner, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
Murphy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary Margaret Murphy, aged 20, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- Patrick Murphy, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- Catherine Murphy, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- James Murphy, aged 23, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
- Patrick Murphy, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
- Francis William Murphy (1890-1949), American lawyer and politician
- Morgan Francis Murphy (1932-2016), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois (1971-1973)
- John Benjamin Murphy (1857-1916), American physician and abdominal surgeon who operated on President Theodore Roosevelt after his assassination attempt
- Warren Burton Murphy (1933-2015), American author, most famous as the co-creator of The Destroyer series, the basis for the film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, and as screenwriter for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and The Eiger Sanction (1975)
- Mark Murphy (1932-2015), American six-time Grammy Award nominated jazz singer based in New York; Down Beat magazine readers jazz poll Best Male Vocalist of the Year in 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001
- Danny Murphy (1955-2014), American actor known for his roles in There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene
- Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy (b. 1961), American Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, director, and musician
- Matt "Guitar" Murphy (b. 1929), American blues guitarist
- Henry Cruse Murphy (1810-1982), American politician and historian
- Captain Audie Leon Murphy (1924-1971), the most decorated American soldier who among other awards was awarded both the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Croix de Guerre (twice) during WWII
- The Ancestors and Descendants of Simon Jones and Ann M. (Dorr) Murphy by Marjorie Barnes Thompson.
- Early Murphy's, Murpheys in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Robertson and Carroll Counties, Tennessee by Marion Emerson Murphy.
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 hospitalisMotto Translation:
Brave and hospitable.
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The Murphy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murphy 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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