Murphy - boys name

Murphy name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 85%

Murphy name meaning:

The name Murphy is of Irish origin and has a rich history and meaning. It is derived from the Gaelic name Ó Murchadha, which means "descendant of Murchadh" or "sea warrior." The name Murchadh itself is composed of the elements "muir" meaning "sea" and "cath" meaning "battle," reflecting bravery and strength.

Murphy has become a popular surname and is often used as a given name for boys. It carries connotations of courage, resilience, and a warrior spirit. Boys named Murphy are believed to possess traits of determination, adaptability, and fearlessness in the face of challenges. They are often seen as natural leaders, willing to fight for what they believe in.

In summary, the name Murphy for boys originates from the Gaelic name Ó Murchadha, meaning "descendant of Murchadh" or "sea warrior." It embodies qualities of bravery, strength, and a warrior spirit, making it a fitting choice for parents seeking a name with historical significance and connotations of resilience and leadership.

Origin: Irish

Sea warrior.


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Overall UK ranking: 729 out of 4789

47 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (871)

Historical popularity of Murphy

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