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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."

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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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murphy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland 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
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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
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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 [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
  • 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 [2]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
  • Mr. Luke Murphy U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]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
  • Mr. Timothy Murphy U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [4]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
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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
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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
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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
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  • 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
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Murphy Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Bristow Murphy, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Jack Murphy, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Peter Murphy, British Leading Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. John Murphy, British Quartermaster from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Eliza  Murphy (1857-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Martin E.  Murphy (1860-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. John  Murphy (1862-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Patrick  Murphy (1864-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mary A.  Murphy (1870-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMS Hood

  • Mr. Frank E Murphy (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Eastbourne, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. George Albert Murphy, British Gun Commander from Batley, Yorkshire, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Arthur Quirk Murphy (b. 1918), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. John Anthony Murphy (b. 1923), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Mary Geraldine Murphy (1937-1988), English Purser from Middlesex, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Dennis Murphy, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Matthew Murphy, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James Murphy, Irish Fireman from Swords, Dublin, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Henry Murphy, English First Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Nora Murphy, aged 34, Irish Third Class passenger from Dublin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16
  • Miss Catherine "Kate" Murphy, aged 18, Irish Third Class passenger from Aghnacliffe, Longford who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16
  • Miss Margaret Jane "Maggie/Mary" Murphy, aged 25, Irish Third Class passenger from Fostragh, Longford who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16
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  • 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.
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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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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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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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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