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Murray Family History

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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Where is the Murray family from?

You can see how Murray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Murray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Murray families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 254 Murray families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Murray's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Murray families in 1840.
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What did your Murray ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Murray. 13% of Murray men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Murray women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Murray were Clerk and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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