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Origin of the Murphy Clan Name
Murphy is the anglicised version of Ó Murchada and Mac Murchada where Murchadh means ‘sea warrior’. Mac Murphy is exclusive to Ulster. Here this tribe was descended from Eoghan, the founder of the Uí Néill dynasty, Niall of the Nine Hostages. They were based in Muintir Birn. Today the name is most common in Armagh.
The O’Murchada branches arose in Cork, Wexford and Roscommon. In Wexford they were the most prominent. This form of the name came from the grandfather of Diarmuid Mac Murchada, King of Leinster at the time of the Norman invasion. Indeed it was he who was responsible for their arrival. This king was denied his lands by the High King Rory O’Connor. This was because nhhe had kidnapped the wife of Tighearnán O’Rourke, ally of O’Connor. MacMurchadas subsequent banishment from Ireland forced him to seek the help of Henry II who arrived in Ireland in 1171.
The unusual crest bears 3 sheafs of corn on a black background which can signify plentifulness and achievement. In Ireland this Garb demonstrated the fertility of an area and also marked respect for St Kieran who blessed the corn crop. Black is the colour of constancy. The crown is undoubtedly the symbol of royal authority.
Variations of the name include McMurphy, MacMurchada, Mac Morrough, McMurrough and Morrow.
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