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Early Origins of the Murrah family

The surname Murrah was first found in Longford (Irish: An Longfort) traditionally known as Annaly or Teffia, and situated in the Irish Midlands, in Northwest Leinster, where they held a family seat as chiefs where with a castle at Rathcline. After the Norman Conquest of England, Irish history was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Westmeath.

Early History of the Murrah family

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Murrah Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Murrigan, Murrin, Murrain, Merrigan, Murricane, Murrigain, Maragan, Merrigan, Marrican, O'Murrigan, O'Murrin, O'Merrigan, O'Murricane, O'Murrigain, O'Merrigan, O'Merrigan, O'Merregan and many more.

Early Notables of the Murrah family (pre 1700)

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Murrah Ranking

In the United States, the name Murrah is the 18,544th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Murrah migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Murrah Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dennis Murrah, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [2]
Murrah Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Murrah, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Murrah (post 1700) +

  • William Belton Murrah (1852-1925), American Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • William Ervin "Cap" Murrah (1900-1956), American professional NFL football player
  • Alfred Paul Murrah (1904-1975), American attorney and judge, eponym of The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroyed in the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing
  • Pendleton Murrah (1826-1865), American politician, 10th Governor of Texas (1863-1865)
  • Roger Murrah (b. 1946), American songwriter and music publisher, inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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) on Facebook