Murry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of first people to use the name Murry. The name was found in the county of Moray in the northeast of Scotland, but some historians describe the Clan's forbears as originally Flemish, some as Lowland Scots. More enlightened research places them as descendents of MacAngus de Moravia, who was descended from King Duncan of Scotland and who was the first Earl of Murray.

Early Origins of the Murry family

The surname Murry was first found in Moray, where the Clan founder, Freskin, received a grant of the lands of Strathbrock in 1100 AD. He was descended from the first Earl, and his grandson, William, married the heiress of the Bothwell Clan in Lanarkshire. His sons founded many other houses, including the Murrays of Tullibardine, who later became the Dukes of Atholl, and Chiefs of the Clan.

At the same time, an early branch in the north had given origin to the Earls of Sutherland. Andrew Moray (died 1297) also known as Andrew de Moray, Andrew of Moray, or Andrew Murray, was prominent in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

He led the rising in north Scotland in the summer of 1297 against the occupation by King Edward I of England. He was mortally wounded in the fighting at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

Early History of the Murry family

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Murry Spelling Variations

In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Murry has appeared Murray, Murrey, Moray, Morey, Morrey, Morry, Murry, MacMhuirich (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the Murry family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Robert Moray (Murrey, Murray) (1608-1673), a Scottish soldier, statesman, diplomat, judge, spy, freemason and natural philosopher; John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl, KT, PC (1660-1724) was a Scottish nobleman, Knight of the Thistle, politician, and soldier; William Murray, 1st Earl of Dysart (c. 1600-1655), the childhood whipping boy of Charles I of England and later an...
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Murry Ranking

In the United States, the name Murry is the 2,219th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Murry family to Ireland

Some of the Murry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Murry migration to the United States +

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Murry:

Murry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniell Murry, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]
  • Alexander Murry, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Jane Murry, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [2]
  • Alice Murry, who landed in Maryland in 1671-1673 [2]
Murry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Patrick Murry, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • Henry Murry, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [2]
  • William Murry, who arrived in New England in 1720 [2]
  • Margart Murry, aged 27, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774-1775 [2]
  • Lewis Murry, who arrived in Maryland in 1775 [2]
Murry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Murry, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • Betsy Murry, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • Francis Murry, who arrived in America in 1806 [2]
  • Edmund Murry, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Samuel Murry, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Murry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Murry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Murry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • William Murry, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Owen Murry, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Philip Murry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • Catherine Murry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841

Australia Murry migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Murry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Murry, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Murry, (b. 1810), aged 21, Irish carpenter who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 16th August 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Catherine Murry, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Contemporary Notables of the name Murry (post 1700) +

  • George Vance Murry S.J. (1948-2020), American bishop of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Youngstown
  • Paul Murry (1911-1989), American cartoonist and comics artist
  • Donald Franklin Murry (b. 1900), former professional American football player
  • William Murry, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Kentucky, 1791-93 [5]
  • Samuel F. Murry, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 15th District, 1895-96 [5]
  • Michael Murry, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008 [5]
  • Marjorie Murry, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 11th District, 1980 [5]
  • John Middleton Murry Jr. (1926-2002), English writer who used the pseudonyms Colin Murry and Richard Cowper; as son of John Middleton Murry Sr., he mostly wrote novels at first, but later he turned to science fiction and fantasy under the pen name of Richard Cowper
  • John Middleton Murry (1889-1957), English writer who wrote more than 60 books and thousands of essays, a close friend of D. H. Lawrence and T. S. Eliot
  • Paul Murry Margraves (1905-1956), American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Paris, Texas, 1946 [6]

The Murry 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: Tout Prêt
Motto Translation: Quite ready.

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  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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th November 2020). Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook