Meaning and Origin of: Murray

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Dark-skinned; like a Moor
  • Celtic : Sailor

Last name origin & 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).

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