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Meaning
  
The best name ever

Language(s) of origin
  
Irish

Region of origin
  
Ireland

Murphy

Related names
  
Murchadh, Murphey, MacMurphy, MacMurrough, Morphy, O'Morchoe, O'Murphy, Murray, Morrow, MacMorrow

Murphy is an Anglicized version of two Irish surnames: Ó Murchadha/Ó Murchadh ("descendant of Murchadh"), and Mac Murchaidh/Mac Murchadh ("son of Murchadh") derived from the Irish personal name Murchadh, which meant "sea-warrior" or "sea-battler". (Muir meaning "sea" and cath meaning "battle").

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It is said of Murrough (Murchadh) as he entered the thick of the fight and prepared to assail the foreign invaders, the Danes, when they had repulsed the Dal-Cais, that 'he was seized with a boiling terrible anger, an excessive elevation and greatness of spirit and mind. A bird of valour and championship rose in him, and fluttered over his head and on his breath.

In modern Irish, "Ó Murchú", rather than "Ó Murchadha", is used.

Murphy is the most common surname in Ireland, the fourteenth most common surname in Northern Ireland, the second most common surname in Canada and the fifty-eighth most common surname in the United States.

Men

  • Murphy, baseball player
  • Murphy, the ring name of wrestler Mikael Judas
  • Alex Murphy (rugby league) (born 1939), English rugby league footballer
  • Alex Murphy (Movie Character) A fictional cop from the RoboCop franchise.

  • Anthony Murphy (cricketer) (born 1962), English cricketer
  • Arthur Murphy, several people:
  • Arthur Murphy (writer) (1727–1805), Irish actor and playwright
  • Arthur H. Murphy (1831–1903), entrepreneur and political figure in Quebec, Canada
  • Arthur P. Murphy (1870–1914), American Republican politician
  • Audie Murphy (1925–1971), American war hero and actor
  • Austin J. Murphy (born 1927), Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Barnes Murphy (born 1947), former Gaelic footballer for Sligo
  • Bob Murphy, several people, see Robert Murphy
  • Bos Murphy (1924–2000), New Zealander boxer of the 1940s and '50s
  • Brian Murphy, several people:
  • Brian Murphy (actor) (born 1933), British actor most noted for his role as George Roper in the sitcom George and Mildred
  • Brian Murphy (baseball) (born 1980), American college baseball coach
  • Brian Murphy (politician) (born 1961), former mayor of Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada
  • Brian Murphy (cricketer) (born 1976), former captain of the Zimbabwean cricket team
  • Brian Murphy (dual player) (born 1952), former hurler and Gaelic footballer with Cork, Ireland
  • Brian Murphy (soccer player) (born 1983), currently playing for Portsmouth F.C.
  • Brian Murphy (politician) (born 1956), first to win independent race in his town
  • Brian Murphy (hurler, born 1982) (born 1982), corner-back on the Cork, Ireland, senior hurling team
  • Brian Murphy (writer) (born 1959), religion editor for the Associated Press
  • Buddy Murphy, Australian professional wrestler
  • Calvin Murphy (born 1948), American retired basketball player
  • Charles Murphy, several people:
  • Charles Murphy (1880–1958), Irish politician more commonly referred to as Cathal Ó Murchadha
  • Charles Murphy (architect) (1890–1985), the Chicago-based architect of C.F. Murphy Associates, later Murphy/Jahn Inc.
  • Charles Murphy (Canadian politician) (1862–1935)
  • Charles Francis Murphy (1858–1924), American political figure
  • Charles Minthorn Murphy (1870–1950), a.k.a. "Mile-a-Minute" Murphy, American cyclist
  • Charles Quinton Murphy (born 1959), American writer, actor, and stand-up comedian
  • Charles Terrence Murphy (Canadian politician) (born 1926), Canadian politician
  • Chris Murphy (born 1973), United States Senator from Connecticut
  • Cillian Murphy (born 1976), Irish actor
  • Colin Murphy, several people:
  • Colin Murphy, Irish comedian
  • Colin Murphy (ice hockey) (born 1980), Canadian ice-hockey player
  • a different, Anglicized, spelling of Colm Murphy (born 1952), Irish, alleged suspect in the Omagh bombing
  • Conor Murphy, Sinn Féin politician in Northern Ireland
  • Dale Murphy, several people:
  • Dale Murphy (born 1956), American retired baseball player
  • Dale D. Murphy, professor at Georgetown University
  • Daniel Murphy, several people
  • Danny Murphy, several people
  • Darren Murphy (1961–2012) bassist with Indie band Wasted Youth.
  • Darren Murphy, Irish professional football player
  • Daryl Murphy, Irish professional football player
  • David Murphy, several people:
  • David Murphy (baseball) (born 1981), American
  • David Murphy, CIA's station chief in Berlin from 1959–1961
  • David Murphy (footballer) (born 1984), English
  • David Lee Murphy (born 1959), American country music singer-songwriter
  • Dick Murphy (born 1942), American retired Republican politician
  • Donald E. Murphy (born 1960), American Republican politician
  • Donnie Murphy (born 1983), American Baseball Player
  • Derek Murphy, (born 1968) American Rapper a.k.a. Sadat X
  • Eddie Murphy, several people:
  • Eddie Murphy (born 1961), American comedian and actor
  • Eddie Murphy (1891–1969), American baseball player
  • Edgar Gardner Murphy (1869–1913), American clergyman and author
  • Edward Murphy, several people, most notably:
  • Major Edward A. Murphy, Jr. 1918–1990, American aerospace engineer linked with Murphy's law
  • Elliott Murphy (born 1949), American singer/songwriter
  • Erik Murphy (born 1990), American–Finnish basketball player
  • Everett J. Murphy (1852–1922), politician
  • Francis Murphy, several people:
  • Francis Murphy (bishop) (1795–1858), Australian bishop
  • Francis Murphy (evangelist) (1836–1907), American temperance evangelist
  • Francis P. Murphy (1877–1958), Republican 73rd Governor of New Hampshire
  • Francis X. Murphy (1915–2002), Catholic theologian and chaplain
  • Frank Murphy, several people:
  • Frank Murphy (1890–1949), former Justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • Frank Murphy (American football) (born 1977), former NFL player
  • Frank Murphy (rugby player) (born 1981), Irish professional rugby union player
  • B. Frank Murphy (1867–1938), US Representative from Ohio
  • Fred Murphy, several people
  • Fred Murphy, American cinematographer
  • Fred J. Murphy, American football coach
  • Fred Murphy, American gridiron football player
  • Gary Murphy (1971) Irish Mathematician and inventor of the Dyson shirt dryer
  • Geoffrey Mostyn Murphy (1922–2011), Australian boxer, better known as Tommy Burns
  • Glen Murphy (1957) English Actor
  • George Murphy (1902–1992, American dancer, actor, and Republican Senator
  • Henry Murphy, several people:
  • Henry Murphy (1877–1954), American architect
  • Henry Cruse Murphy (1810–1882), American politician from New York and US minister to the Netherlands
  • Isaac Murphy, two people:
  • Isaac Murphy (1802–1882), Republican Governor of Arkansas
  • Isaac Burns Murphy (1861–1896), American Hall of Fame jockey
  • Jack Murphy, several people:
  • Jack Murphy (Irish politician) (1920–1984), Irish republican and independent politician
  • Jack Murphy (footballer) (born 1918), retired Australian Rules footballer
  • Jack Murphy (sportswriter) (1923–1980), American sportswriter and brother of Bob Murphy
  • Jack M. Murphy (1925–1984), Republican Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
  • Jack Roland Murphy (born 1938), a.k.a. Murph the Surf, American, convicted robber and murderer
  • James or Jimmy Murphy, several people:
  • James Murphy (electronic musician) (born 1970), American
  • James Murphy (metal guitarist) (born 1967), American heavy metal guitarist
  • James Murphy, retired American soccer player
  • James "Quick" Murphy (born 1959), retired Canadian football player
  • James A. Murphy III, District Attorney, Saratoga County, New York
  • James Anthony Murphy (1894–1924), "Jimmy" Murphy, American racing driver
  • James J. Murphy (1898–1962), a United States Representative from New York
  • James William Murphy (1858–1927), a United States Representative from Wisconsin
  • Jimmy Murphy (cartoonist) (1891–1965), cartoonist of Toots and Casper comic strip
  • Jimmy Murphy (footballer) (1910–1989), Welsh football player and manager
  • Jimmy Murphy, (1925–1981), American Country musician
  • Jimmy Murphy (playwright) (born 1962), Irish playwright
  • Jim Murphy, several people:
  • Jim Murphy, (born 1967), British Labour Party politician
  • Jim Murphy, (born 1947), American author
  • Jim Murphy, (born 1942), former Scottish professional footballer
  • Jim Murphy, (born 1957), member of the Texas House of Representatives
  • John Murphy, several people:
  • John Murphy (Alabama) (1786–1841), American Democratic Governor and Congressman from Alabama
  • John Murphy, American football announcer for the Buffalo Bills
  • John Murphy (Australian politician) (born 1950), member of the House of Representatives
  • John Murphy (Australian rules footballer) (born 1949), former champion player with the Fitzroy Football Club in the 1960s and 1970s
  • John Murphy (baseball infielder) (died 1949), a.k.a. Soldier Boy, a baseball infielder
  • John Murphy, a 19th-century baseball pitcher
  • John Murphy (Canadian politician) (born 1937), member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1993–1997
  • John Murphy (composer) (born 1965), British composer of film scores
  • John Murphy, financial market analyst
  • John Murphy (footballer, born 1976) (born 1976), English striker for Chester City
  • John Murphy (musician) (born 1959), sometimes credited as "Jonh Murphy", Australian drummer and multi-instrument musician
  • John Murphy (playwright) (1929–1998), Irish dramatist, author of The Country Boy.
  • John Murphy (swimmer) (born 1953), retired American Olympic gold medalist in swimming
  • Father John Murphy (1753–1798), one of the leaders during the Irish Rebellion of 1798
  • John A. Murphy (born 1927), Irish historian and former independent Senator from Cork
  • John Alphonsus Murphy, American Medal of Honor recipient
  • John Benjamin Murphy (1857–1916), American surgeon, president of the American Medical Association in 1911
  • John E. Murphy (1869–1941), United States Navy sailor and Medal of Honor recipient during the Spanish–American War
  • John Francis Murphy (1853–1921), American landscape painter
  • John J. Murphy (born 1959), American Republican politician
  • John Michael Murphy, US Congressman from New York, implicated in Abscam
  • John W. Murphy (1902–1962), American Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • John W. Murphy, former mayor of New Haven, Connecticut
  • Joseph Murphy, several people
  • Kevin Murphy, several people:
  • Kevin Murphy (actor) (born 1956), American actor, author and puppeteer
  • Kevin Murphy (linebacker) (born 1963), retired American football player
  • Kevin Murphy (ombudsman)
  • Kevin Murphy, American screenwriter, television producer, and composer
  • Kevin Murphy (swimmer) (born 1949), "King of the Channel" title holder for crossing the English Channel
  • Kevin M. Murphy, economist and professor at the University of Chicago
  • Lambert Murphy (1885–?), American tenor, sang at the Metropolitan Opera
  • Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (born 1974), American singer, winner of season 6 of America's Got Talent
  • Larry Murphy (born 1961), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player
  • Lionel Murphy (born 1922), Australian politician and jurist
  • Loren E. Murphy (1882–1963), American jurist
  • Marc Murphy (born 1987), Australian rules footballer
  • Mark Murphy, several people:
  • Mark Murphy (safety b. 1958) (born 1958), retired American football player
  • Mark Murphy (safety b. 1955) (born 1955), retired American football player, now President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers
  • Mark Murphy (singer) (born c. 1932), American jazz singer
  • Martin Murphy, several people
  • Matt Murphy, several people:
  • Matt Murphy (American football) (born 1980), American football player
  • Matt Murphy (blues guitarist) (born 1927), a.k.a. Matt "Guitar" Murphy, an American musician
  • Matt Murphy (Canadian musician)
  • Matt Murphy, an American Republican Senator
  • Matt Murphy (wrestler) (born 1979), a.k.a. "All That" Matt Murphy, a retired American professional wrestler
  • Michael Murphy, several people:
  • Michael Murphy (actor) (born 1938), American actor
  • Michael Murphy (author) (born 1930), American Integral Movement author and co-founder of the Esalen Institute
  • Michael Murphy (diver) (born 1973), retired Australian Olympic diver
  • Michael Murphy (New Jersey politician) (born 1949), New Jersey lobbyist, former Prosecutor and candidate for Governor
  • Michael Murphy (priest) (c. 1767 – 1798), co-leader in the Irish Rebellion of 1798
  • Michael Murphy (singer) (born 1986), New Zealand Idol runner up
  • Michael Murphy (VC) (c. 1837 – 1893), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Michael Bryan Murphy, former lead singer of REO Speedwagon
  • Michael D. Murphy, United States Air Force Colonel under charges for falsely claiming to be an attorney
  • Michael P. Murphy (1976–2005), United States Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient, killed in action in Afghanistan
  • Michael Martin Murphey (born 1945, American singer and songwriter
  • Mick Murphy (Sinn Féin politician) (born 1942)
  • Mickey Murphy,(Gaelic footballer), Tyrone and Galbally Pearses midfielder
  • Mike Murphy, several people:
  • Mike Murphy (broadcaster) (born 1941), retired Irish broadcaster
  • Mike Murphy, retired ice hockey player and head coach, currently NHL vice-president of hockey operations
  • Mike Murphy, ice hockey player for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League
  • Mike Murphy (New Brunswick politician) (born 1958), Canadian lawyer and Liberal politician
  • Mike Murphy (political consultant) (born 1962), American Republican political consultant
  • Mike Murphy, Democratic Treasurer of the State of Washington
  • Nicholas Murphy (born 1978), Gaelic footballer
  • Nicholas Daniel Murphy (1811–1890), Irish politician from Cork, Member of Parliament (MP) 1865–1880
  • Nick Murphy, several people:
  • Nick Murphy (American football) (born 1979), American football player
  • Nick Murphy (footballer born 1946) (born 1946), English footballer
  • Nick Murphy (footballer born 1966) (1966–1998), English footballer
  • Nick Murphy (writer) (born 1977), Irish writer
  • Oakes Murphy (1849–1908), Two-time Governor of Arizona Territory
  • Pat Murphy, several people
  • Patrick Murphy (baseball), American baseball pitcher
  • Paul Murphy, several people
  • Peter Murphy, several people:
  • Peter Murphy (artist) (born 1959), English Stuckist artist
  • Peter Murphy (footballer born 1980) (born 1980), Irish international footballer
  • Peter Murphy, American lawyer and officer in the United States Marine Corps
  • Peter Murphy (musician) (born 1957), British musician with Bauhaus
  • Peter Murphy (politician) (born 1949), American politician, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Peter Murphy (UK footballer) (1922–1975), a.k.a. "Spud" Murphy, English footballer
  • Peter Murphy (executive) American entertainment executive
  • Philip D. Murphy (born 1957), ambassador
  • Richard Murphy, several people:
  • Dick Murphy (Richard M. Murphy) (born 1942), American retired Republican politician
  • Richard Murphy, Scottish architect
  • Richard Murphy (poet) (born 1927), Irish poet
  • Richard Murphy (screenwriter) (1912–1993), American film and television writer
  • Richard L. Murphy (1875–1936), American Senator from Iowa
  • Richard W. Murphy (born 1929), American diplomat
  • Rob Murphy, several people:
  • Rob Murphy (born 1960), American retired baseball player
  • Rob Murphy, American assista basketball coach
  • Rob Murphy (football player) (born 1977), professional Canadian football player
  • Rob Murphy (ice hockey) (born 1969), Canadian retired ice hockey player
  • Robert Murphy, several people:
  • Irish Bob Murphy (1922–1961), American light heavyweight boxer
  • Bob Murphy (announcer) (1924–2004), American baseball announcer
  • Bob Murphy (golfer) (born 1943), American PGA winning golfer
  • Bob Murphy, Canadian jazz pianist
  • Robert Murphy (Australian rules footballer) (born 1982), Australian rules football
  • Robert C. Murphy (1926–2000), American lawyer and judge
  • Robert Cushman Murphy (1887–1973), American ornithologist
  • Robert Daniel Murphy (1894&ndas1978), American diplomat
  • Robert F. Murphy, American retired Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1957 to 1961
  • Robert F. Murphy (anthropologist) (1924–1990), American anthropologist
  • Robert P. Murphy (born 1976), American economist and author
  • Robert S. Murphy (1861–1912), American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1907 to 1911
  • Roger P. Murphy, American legislator and jurist
  • Ryan Murphy, two people:
  • Ryan Murphy (Australian rules footballer) (born 1985)
  • Ryan Murphy, American television writer, director and producer
  • Scott Murphy, two people:
  • Scott Murphy, former US Representative for New York's 20th congressional district
  • Scott Murphy, a programmer behind the Space Quest series
  • Sean Murphy, several people:
  • Sean Murphy, cartoonist
  • Sean Murphy, professor at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Seán Murphy, retired Irish football player
  • Sean Murphy (golfer) (born 1965), American professional golfer
  • Sean Murphy (journalist) (born 1958), Australian journalist
  • Sean Murphy, a fictional character on the television series Oz
  • Sean Murphy (racer) (born 1984)
  • Shaun Murphy, several people:
  • Shaun Murphy (cue sports) (born 1982), English snooker player
  • Shaun Murphy (footballer) (born 1970), retired Australian soccer player
  • note: there also is a woman of this name: Shaun Murphy, a.k.a. Stoney, American singer
  • Shawn Murphy, several people
  • Sydney Murphy (born 1960), retired Vincentian cricketer
  • Timothy Murphy, several people:
  • Tim Murphy (born 1959), retired Canadian politician
  • Tim Murphy, a fictional character in Jurassic Park
  • Tim Murphy (congressman) (born 1952), American Republican politician
  • Tim Murphy, currently at Harvard University
  • Timothy Murphy (1751–1818), sniper in the American Revolutionary War
  • Timothy D. Murphy (died 1928), a.k.a. "Big Tim", Chicago mobster and labour racketeer
  • Timothy J. Murphy (died 1949), Irish Labour Party politician
  • Timothy Patrick Murphy (1959–1988), American film and television actor
  • Thomas Murphy (or Tom), several people
  • Tom Murphy (athlete) (born 1935), American middle distance runner
  • Troy Murphy, power forward for the Boston Celtics
  • Vincent B. Murphy, NYS Comptroller 1925–1926
  • Vincent J. Murphy, Mayor of Newark 1941–1949
  • Wendell H. Murphy, North Carolina politician
  • William Murphy, several people
  • Yale Murphy (1869–1906), American baseball player
  • Yo Murphy, football player, CFL, NFL
  • Women

  • Brittany Murphy (1977–2009), American actress
  • Dervla Murphy (born 1931), travel writer
  • Carolyn Murphy (born 1975), American model
  • Donna Murphy (born 1958), American Tony Award-winning actress
  • Erin Murphy, several people:
  • Erin Murphy (born 1964), American actress
  • Erin Murphy, American poet
  • Erin Murphy (politician) (born 1960), Minnesota politician
  • Gail C. Murphy, Canadian computer scientist
  • Gillian Murphy, principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre
  • Julie Murphy (born 1961), Welsh singer
  • Julie Murphy (author), American novelist
  • Kelly Murphy (born 1977), American author and illustrator
  • Margaret Mary Healy Murphy (1833–1907), American Catholic nun
  • Mary Murphy, several people:
  • Mary Murphy (actress) (born 1931), American actress
  • Mary Murphy, American choreographer
  • Mary Murphy (politician) (born 1940), American politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Róisín Murphy (born 1973), Irish electronica singer, songwriter, and producer
  • Shaun Murphy (singer), a.k.a. Stoney, American singer
  • Fictional entities

  • Murphy, the eponymous protagonist in Samuel Beckett's first published novel
  • Murphy, one of the three protagonists from Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson, and the rebel of the gang
  • Murphy Brown, the lead character in the television show Murphy Brown, a recovering alcoholic, who, in the show's first episode, returns to the fictional news magazine FYI for the first time following a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic
  • Murphy Cooper, character in the film Interstellar (2014), named after Murphy's Law
  • Murphy MacManus, one of the two main characters from the movie The Boondock Saints
  • Murphy Pendleton, the protagonist of the video game Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Captain Murphy from the Adult Swim animated series Sealab 2021
  • Alex James Murphy, the police officer who became RoboCop
  • Alexis "Lex" Murphy, a character in Jurassic Park
  • "Bleeding Gums" Murphy, a character on the cartoon television series The Simpsons
  • Bridey Murphy, historical character in a hypnotic regression case detailed in Bernstein's The Search for Bridey Murphy
  • Dr. Colin Murphy, character on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives
  • Eric Murphy, character in the HBO series Entourage
  • Hank Murphy, character in the TV series Sullivan & Son (2012)
  • John Murphy, character on the CW show The 100
  • Karrin Murphy, is a police detective and head of SI, a friend to Harry Dresden, and major character in Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files
  • Professor Michael Murphy, the protagonist in the Babylon Rising series by Dr Tim LaHaye
  • Naiada Murphy, a character in book Naiada and the Mystery of the Hidden Diary by Ms. Nathalie de Gabriele Ferrante
  • Randle Patrick McMurphy, one of the main characters in Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962)
  • Ray Murphy, birth name of Gino Esposito, a character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours
  • Sean Murphy, an Irish correctional officer in the HBO drama Oz
  • Susan Murphy, aka Ginormica, is one of the main protagonists of Monsters vs. Aliens.
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