Murphy Family History

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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.

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


Similar surnames: Mcmurphy, Murley, Murray, Murrin, Dunphy, Merry, Murty, Murthy

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Murphy Family Origin

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Murphy Family Occupations

What did your Murphy ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Murphy family was Laborer. The most common Murphy occupation in Canada was Farmer. 26% of Murphy's were Farmers. Farmer, Servant and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Murphy.

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  • Farmer

    26%
  • Servant

    7%
  • Labourer

    6%
  • Laborer

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Murphy ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Murphy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Murphy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Murphy 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 443,000 immigration records available for the last name Murphy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 404,000 military records available for the last name Murphy. For the veterans among your Murphy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Murphy Life Expectancy

What is the average Murphy lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Murphy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Murphy in 1940 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Murphy ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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