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Murray Name Meaning

Scottish: regional name from Moray in northeastern Scotland, which is probably named with Old Celtic elements meaning ‘sea’ + ‘settlement’. Irish (southern Ulster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muireadhaigh ‘descendant of Muireadhach’ (the name of several different families in various parts of Ireland), or a shortened form of McMurray. Irish: reduced form of MacIlmurray, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhuire (see Gilmore).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Murley, Curry, Murra, Merry, Mcmurray, Murphy, Murrin, Mulroy, Curran

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Murray Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Murray name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Murray. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    40%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    30%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

  • France

    3%

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Murray Family Origin

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Murray Family Occupations

What did your Murray ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Murray occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Murray's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Murray. A less common occupation for the Murray family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

    21%
  • Laborer

    13%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    2%

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Murray Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Murray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Murray census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 408,000 immigration records available for the last name Murray. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 267,000 military records available for the last name Murray. For the veterans among your Murray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Murray Life Expectancy

What is the average Murray lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Murray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Murray in 1940 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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