Murphy comes from the Irish Ó Murchadha. Murchadh literally translates as “Sea Warrior”. It is the most common name in Ireland and originally from one of 3 major septs located in counties Cork, Roscommon and Wexford. However, the name is widely spread across Ireland today. In counties Wexford and Cork they make up over 4% of the population today.
The original Ulster Murphys were MacMurphy – whereas the septs from other locations were O’Murphys. However, neither the O or the Mac were reinstated in the 19th century – unlike many Gaelic names – and so they are all called “Murphy” nowadays.
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Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.
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