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While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Murtagh is O Muircheartaigh, which is derived from the word "muircheartach," which means "navigator."

Murtagh Early Origins



The surname Murtagh was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province.

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Murtagh Spelling Variations


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Murtagh Spelling Variations



Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Murtagh revealed many variations, including Moriarty, O'Moriarty, Murtagh, Murtag, McMoriarty and many more.

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Murtagh Early History


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Murtagh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murtagh research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Murtagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Murtagh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murtagh Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Murtagh 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



Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Murtagh family name:

Murtagh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Murtagh, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Thomas B Murtagh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Murtagh, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Ireland, in 1892

Murtagh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Andrew Murtagh, aged 10, who settled in America from Kiltimagh, in 1901
  • Brgt. Murtagh, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Roscommon, in 1903
  • Andrew Murtagh, aged 16, who landed in America from Athlone, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bernard Murtagh, aged 24, who landed in America from Ballymore, Ireland, in 1908
  • Annie Murtagh, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from Dundalk, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Murtagh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Murtagh, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland

Murtagh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Murtagh, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Murtagh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Anne Murtagh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Jane Murtagh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murtagh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Murtagh (post 1700)



  • Kate Murtagh (b. 1920), American actress, known for her roles in Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and The Car (1977), model for SuperTramps' Breakfast In America (1979) album cover
  • John M. Murtagh, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 35th District, 2008
  • John M. Murtagh, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1968
  • James P. Murtagh, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1904, 1906
  • J. C. Murtagh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1912
  • E. J. Murtagh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1912
  • C. B. Murtagh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1920; Member of Iowa Democratic State Central Committee, 1949
  • Elaine Murtagh (b. 1940), Irish singer, songwriter and a member of The Avons
  • Conall Murtagh (b. 1985), Northern Irish footballer
  • Johnny Murtagh (b. 1970), award-winning Irish flat racing jockey
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Murtagh Historic Events


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Murtagh Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Matthew Murtagh, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. William Joseph Murtagh, British Bell Boy from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    2. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    11. ...

    The Murtagh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murtagh 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 20 July 2016 at 02:22.

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