Murphy Family History
Murphy Name Meaning
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murchadha ‘descendant of Murchadh’ a personal name composed of the elements muir ‘sea’ + cath ‘battle’ i.e. ‘sea warrior’. This was an important family in Tyrone. For the surname with mac see also McMurrough (Leinster). English: variant of Morphey (see Morphew ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press