Murray Family History
Murray Name Meaning
Scottish: habitational name from Moray in northeastern Scotland which derives from Celtic mori- ‘sea’ + treb- ‘settlement’. The founder of the Scottish house of Murray was a Fleming named Freskin who was granted Strathbrock in West Lothian and Duffus in Moray by David I. The family took its name from the region in the late 12th century. Irish and Scottish: shortened form of McMurray . Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muireadhaigh ‘descendant of Muireadhach’ a personal name meaning ‘mariner’. Occasionally it may be a shortened form of McMurray . Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhuire ‘son of the servant (i.e. devotee) of Mary’. See also Gilmore . In some cases also an Americanized form of Arabic Merhi .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022