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Origins of the Murray surname

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What does the name Murray mean?

Murray is a Scottish surname that has a geographic origin. The name is thought to be a variation of the place 'Moray', an area of northern Scotland. It would have been given to those who hail from this area of the country, or have allegiance to the historical clan of the same name from this area.

Alternative variations of the name Murray

Murray, Murrey, Murrie, Murie, Muray

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Where do most Murrays live?

In 1921, most Murrays lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Murrays

How common is your surname?

94th most common surname in the UK

We have 302,000 records for the Murray surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Murrays most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Murray first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Murrays

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Murrays in 1921


Domestic Servant






General Servant


Common Male occupations for Murrays in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer








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