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What does the name Murphy mean?

The Murphy surname originates from Ireland, where it is still the most common surname on the island. Murphy is thought to come from the anglicisation of a number of similar Gaelic patronymic names, 'O Murchadha', and 'Mac Murchaidh', both coming from the given name 'Murchadh'. This Gaelic given name means 'sea warrior'.

The earliest occurrence of the Murphy surname in our family history documents is from 1564, and we currently have 3,676,730 records where Murphy appears.

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