Murtough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Clan from whom the Murtough family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan tribe of the west coast of Scotland. The name Murtough derives from one of two Gaelic names which have become indistinguishable from each other. The first of these, "Muireach," means "belonging to the sea" or "a mariner." The second name is "Murchadh," which means "sea warrior." The name was no doubt originally a nickname for a person associated with the sea.

Early Origins of the Murtough family

The surname Murtough was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Murtough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murtough research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1214, 1296, and 1420 are included under the topic Early Murtough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Murtough Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Murdock, Murdoch, Murtoch, Murtough and others.

Early Notables of the Murtough family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Murtough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Murtough family to Ireland

Some of the Murtough family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Murtough migration to Australia +

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

Murtough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Murtough, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [1]


The Murtough 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: Omine secundo
Motto Translation: With favourable omen.


  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855


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