Murphy Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Murphy Family History

If you are conducting some Murphy family history research then you can view the Murphy coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Murphy surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Murphy in Ireland is the most frequently found name in the country and derives from a number of native Gaelic O'Murchadha Septs. The main Septs were located in Counties Cork, Wexford, Carlow and Armagh but the majority of descendants now hail from County Cork.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Murphy Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Wheatsheaf/Garb Symbol of Plenty
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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