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Origin of the Murphy surname

Murphy may be a modern form of the ancient Irish name "O'Murchada", first found in county Wexford. They were descended from the younger son of Enna Cincealagh, King of Leinster and formerly possessed a large territory in county Carlaw known as the High Feliny. Spelling variations include: Murphy, Morchoe, O'Murphy, Murfie, Murfree, Morfie and many more.

Murphy migration to Australia

John Murphy was born at Glanbagh, County Kerry, about 1819, son of Darby Murphy and Johannah. After childhood, John found employment as a farm labourer. At the age of 20 he married Mary Shea and the first of their five children was born the following year. Two more sons and two daughters followed during the next 13 years. The family emigrated to Australia aboard Talavera and arrived in Sydney on 25 August 1853. The family went to the Bathurst district and settled down.

Murphy pedigree

Our Murphy ancestors include the following people. Click on any name to access a computer-generated page of information about that person and a list of the information sources.

Notable Murphy ancestors

Click on the name of any of the notable ancestors listed below to read a short biography that I have written about them.

Murphy family memorials

For centuries families have created memorials to honour their forebears, including headstones, church monuments, memorial cards, obituaries and much more. This website is, in a way, just another innovation in this regard. Each of the links below takes you to a memorial page that is dedicated to that particular deceased ancestor.

Murphy Research Reports

The following Murphy research reports are published on this website.

Murphy clan

Our Murphy clan descends from Darby Murphy.

  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Spouse
Jeremiah ("Darby") Murphy
(b. ca. 1790, d. Bef 1853)
(b. ca. 1795, d. Aft 1853)
John Murphy
(b. 1819, d. 1894)
Mary Shea
(b. 1821, d. 1904)
Daniel Murphy
(b. 1837, d. Bef 1850)
John Murphy
(b. Abt 1840, d. 1929)
Johannah Foran
(b. 1837, d. 1916)
Mary Murphy
(b. ca. 1863, d. 1916)
John Murphy
(b. 1865)
Daniel Murphy
(b. 1877, d. 1955)
Helen Murphy
(b. 1879)
Hannah Murphy
(b. 1884)
Henry Murphy
(b. 1889)
James Murphy
(b. 1843, d. 1919)
Ann Malcolm
(b. 1847, d. 1922)
Bernard Murphy
(b. 1863, d. 1863)
James Murphy
(b. 1865)
Mary Murphy
(b. 1867, d. 1867)
Abbey E. Murphy
(b. 1867, d. 1867)
Mary Murphy
(b. 1868, d. 1879)
John Murphy
(b. 1873)
Prudence Reed
(b. 1846, d. 1940)
Daniel R. Murphy
(b. 1879, d. 1881)
George C. Murphy
(b. 1880, d. 1949)
Ellen R. Bowen
(b. 1882, d. 1912)
John H. Murphy
(b. Abt 1906)
Ena R. Murphy
(b. 1908, d. 1995)
Halvar R. Kessey
(b. 1905, d. 1981)
Leila Murphy
(b. 1911)
Jack Barton
(b. 1908)
Grace I. Cox
(b. Abt 1888, d. Bet 1924 and 1934)
James Murphy
(b. Abt 1919, d. Aft 1949)
Charlie Burnet
(b. Abt 1924, d. Aft 1949)
Kathleen T. White
(b. Abt 1885, d. Aft 1949)
Edward Burnet
(b. Abt 1882)
Joan Burnet
(b. Abt 1916)
Francis P. Bradley
(b. Abt 1884)
Nancy C. Bradley
(b. Abt 1915)
Francis P. Bradley
(b. Abt 1918)
Lila K. Murphy
(b. 1886, d. 1941)
Neills Moller
(b. Abt 1886)
John J. Moller
(b. Abt 1905)
Marjorie M. Moller
(b. Abt 1908)
Clarice F. Moller
(b. Abt 1911)
Neila C. Moller
(b. Abt 1912)
Honora Murphy
(b. 1847)
Daniel F. ("Donald") Murphy
(b. 1850, d. 1935)
Abigail Murphy
(b. 1856, d. 1897)
Johanna Murphy
(b. 1858, d. 1900)
  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Spouse