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Many Irish surnames come from the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Murrin is O Morain or O Moghrain, and is most likely derived from the word "mor" which means "big."

Murrin Early Origins



The surname Murrin was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.

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Murrin Spelling Variations


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Murrin Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Murrin were encountered in the archives: Moran, O'Moran, Murrin, Murran and others.

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Murrin Early History


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Murrin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murrin research. Another 413 words (30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murrin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Murrin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murrin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Murrin 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



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Murrin family came to North America quite early:

Murrin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Murrin, aged 21, landed in St Christopher in 1635

Murrin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Murrin, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Murrin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Murrin, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • John Murrin, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Murrin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Murrin arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murrin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Murrin (post 1700)



  • Tom Murrin (1939-2012), American performance artist and playwright
  • James B. Murrin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Auditor General, 1916
  • Kristina Murrin CBE, née Hunt, an Australian-born, British policy former policy advisor to the Tony Blair and David Cameron governments

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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: Lucent in tenebris
Motto Translation: They shine in darkness.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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    The Murrin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murrin 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 June 2016 at 04:49.

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