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  • Ada M. Veazey Murphy (1935 - 2012)
    Ada Comeaux Murphy BIRTH 13 Feb 1935 Coteau, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, USA DEATH 18 Aug 2012 (aged 77) New Iberia, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, USA BURIAL Memorial Park Cemetery New Iberia, Iberia Parish...
  • Lady Agnes Cruickshank (Reid) Murphy, Free Settler "Mariner" 1823 (bef.1817 - 1906)
    The announcement of the death of Lady Murphy, relict of Sir Francis Murphy, first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Victoria, which took place in her 89th year yesterday at her residence, St Kilda...
  • Alice Pearl Murphy Crabtree (1886 - 1975)
    Birth: Sep. 23, 1886 Death: Jan. 17, 1975Family links: Spouses: Cornelius Devore Murphy (1877 - 1963)* William Burton Crabtree (1879 - 1933)* Children: Infant Crabtree**Calculated relationshipBurial:...
  • Alice (Schofield) Murphy - Flynn [Convict "William Pitt" 1806] (1775 - 1825)
    Alice SCHOFIELD was born c1775Alice was convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She arrived in Sydney Cove on 11/4/1806 on "William Pitt"Alice married Stephen MURPHY in 1810 at Sydney and th...
  • Alyssa Patricia Little-Murphy (2005 - 2006)
    Kevin Little had separated from his partner, Chontelle Murphy, but refused to leave the house the couple shared. Ms Murphy said that Little threatened to take the couple’s 7- month-old child, Alyssa, a...

About the Murphy surname


  • Murphy is an Anglicized version of two Irish surnames: Ó Murchadha/Ó Murchadh ("descendant of Murchadh"), and Mac Murchaidh/Mac Murchadh ("son of Murchadh")derived from the Irish personal name Murchadh, which meant "sea-warrior" or "sea-battler". (Muir meaning "sea" and cath meaning "battle".
  • Spelling variations include Murphey, MacMurphy, MacMurrough, O'Morchoe and others. In modern Irish, "Ó Murchú", rather than "Ó Murchadha", is used.
  • Murphy is the most common surname in Ireland and the fifty-eighth most common surname in the United States

Recorded as Murphy, Murphie and the Manx form of Curphy, this surname is perhaps both the most famous and certainly most popular of all Irish surnames. It is said to derive from the pre 9th century Gaelic name O' Murchadha, meaning the male descendant of the Sea Warrior. As Ireland, the Isle of Man and parts of northern England were for several centuries under Viking control, the association between a name meaning 'sea warrior', and the Vikings is surely more than coincidence. Traditionally, Irish family names are taken from the heads of tribes or from some illustrious warrior, and this name may have even created the tradition. The great O' Murchadha (Murphy) clan of Leinster were originally centred on County Wexford where the clan chief known as "The O' Morchoe", still resides today. A section of the clan moved west to Counties Cork and Kerry in the early 17th century, and is particularly associated with the barony of Muskerry. John Murphy (1700 - 1770), better known as Sean O' Murchadha na Raithineach, was the last chief of the famous bards of Blarney Castle. Another section moved to Ulster, where they were originally known confusingly as both Mac Murchadha and O' Murchadha A chief from this section was Flaherty O' Murphy, recorded in the Annals of Tir Boghainne, County Donegal. Two heroic bearers of the name were the Wexford priests, Rev. John Murphy (1753 - 1798), and Rev. Michael Murphy (1767 - 1798) who lost their lives in the Rising of 1798. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Domhnall Dall Ua Murchadha, chief sage of Leinster. This was dated 1127, during the reign of Turlough Mor O'Conor, High King of Ireland, 1119 - 1156. Over the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Murphy profiles on Geni

Patrick B. Murphy 1852-1935 (Private tree)