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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 Murtaugh is O Muircheartaigh, which is derived from the word "muircheartach," which means "navigator."

Murtaugh Early Origins



The surname Murtaugh 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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Murtaugh Spelling Variations


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Murtaugh Spelling Variations



Many variations of the name Murtaugh were found in archives from the Middle Ages. During the Middle Ages, surname were rarely recorded except by clerks, priests and registrars. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Murtaugh found include Moriarty, O'Moriarty, Murtagh, Murtag, McMoriarty and many more.

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Murtaugh Early History


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Murtaugh Early History



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

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Murtaugh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murtaugh Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Murtaugh 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



North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Murtaugh:

Murtaugh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Murtaugh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Thomas Murtaugh, who landed in New York in 1846
  • Patrick Murtaugh, aged 20, who landed in America from Sligo, in 1893

Murtaugh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Murtaugh, aged 20, who landed in America from Macross, Ireland, in 1906
  • William Al Murtaugh, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Thomas Murtaugh, aged 34, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Margaret Murtaugh, aged 20, who settled in America from Castlerea, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mark M. Murtaugh, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murtaugh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Murtaugh (post 1700)



  • John Francis Murtaugh (1874-1918), American lawyer and politician from New York
  • Timothy J. "Tim" Murtaugh (b. 1943), retired American Major League Baseball catcher and manager
  • James Murtaugh (b. 1942), American film and television actor
  • Daniel Edward "Danny" Murtaugh (1917-1976), American Major League Baseball second baseman, manager, front-office executive and coach
  • William J. Murtaugh, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chemung County, 1935
  • John F. Murtaugh, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Senate 41st District, 1911-14
  • Brian Murtaugh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Murtaugh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murtaugh 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 17 November 2015 at 10:56.

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