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Murphy Meaning and Origin

Murphy is a boy’s name meaning “sea warrior” and is of Irish origin. It is derived from the Gaelic surname “Ó Murchadha” or “Mac Murchadha,” meaning “descendant of Murchadh.” The Gaelic name “Murchadh” means “sea warrior” or “skilled in the sea.” Murphy is one of the most common surnames in Ireland. It originated in County Wexford and spread to other parts of the country over time. Due to emigration, Murphy has also become a common surname in other English-speaking countries like the United States, Canada, and Australia. Variations of the surname Murphy include Murchie, Murtagh, O’Murphy, MacMurphy, and Murphree.

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