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MURPHY - Name Meaning & Origin


MURPHY Surname Meaning & Origin:

A modern form of the ancient Irish name "O'Murchadha," which means "descendant of sea warrior," or "strong, superior" in Gaelic.

The surname Murphy (including its variant forms) is the most common surname in Ireland. Murphy is also popular in the United States, where it is the 58th most common surname based on 2000 census data.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname MURPHY:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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Murphy Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - MURPHY Genealogy
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MURPHY Surname & Family Mailing Lists
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DistantCousin.com - MURPHY Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Murphy.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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