Murphy

First Name
8k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
308k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Murphy

"Murphy" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Descendant of sea warrior". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mur"phy
A potato.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
Wiktionary
  1. A common Irish surname​, the anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murchadha
  2. A male or female given name in occasional use, transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Murphy

Murphy Jensen is a tennis player. Murphy was born on October 30th, 1968 in Ludington, Michigan.

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Murphy was born on June 22nd, 1942 in Chicago. He passed away on June 22nd, 1942.

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Murphy Lee is a rapping, record producer, and actor. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Murphy was given the name Torhi Harper on December 18th, 1978.

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Murphy Karges is an alternative rock and pop rock musician. He plays Bass guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Murphy was born on June 20th, 1967 in Orange County, California.

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Murphy J. Foster, Jr. is a Governor of Louisiana. Their most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to 2004. Their military service ended in 1956. Murphy was born on July 11th, 1930 in Louisiana, USA.

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Murphy was born on December 25th, 1952.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Murphy

Cillian Murphy is an actor and musician. He has been prominent since 1996. Cillian was born on May 25th, 1976 in Douglas, County Cork.

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Eddie Murphy is an observational comedy, comedy music, ribaldry, black comedy, political satire, physical comedy, dance-pop, and insult comedy musician. Eddie was given the name Edward Regan Murphy on April 3rd, 1961 in Brooklyn.

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Brittany Murphy was an actress, singer, voice artist, and voice acting. She was most prominent from 1991 to 2009. Brittany was given the name Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10th, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. She passed away on December 20th, 2009.

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Audie Murphy is a military person.

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Aidan Gillen is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1985. Aidan was given the name Aidan Murphy on April 24th, 1968 in Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland.

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Robert Murphy is an australian rules football player.

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How popular is the baby name Murphy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 6 0 6
1883 7 0 7
1885 5 0 5
1886 7 0 7
1888 5 0 5
1890 6 0 6
1891 6 0 6
1892 16 0 16
1893 13 0 13
1894 8 0 8
1895 11 0 11
1896 6 0 6
1897 14 0 14
1898 11 5 6
1900 21 0 21
1901 9 0 9
1902 7 0 7
1903 22 5 17
1904 11 0 11
1905 17 0 17
1906 17 0 17
1907 21 0 21
1908 17 0 17
1909 15 0 15
1910 14 0 14
1911 18 0 18
1912 41 0 41
1913 28 0 28
1914 59 8 51
1915 67 6 61
1916 69 0 69
1917 79 6 73
1918 65 6 59
1919 80 7 73
1920 73 0 73
1921 65 0 65
1922 87 9 78
1923 83 0 83
1924 65 0 65
1925 68 0 68
1926 89 0 89
1927 89 0 89
1928 52 0 52
1929 66 0 66
1930 67 6 61
1931 66 7 59
1932 86 5 81
1933 53 0 53
1934 60 0 60
1935 65 5 60
1936 44 0 44
1937 53 0 53
1938 69 0 69
1939 69 5 64
1940 53 0 53
1941 60 0 60
1942 58 0 58
1943 68 5 63
1944 69 0 69
1945 41 0 41
1946 46 0 46
1947 57 0 57
1948 57 0 57
1949 66 0 66
1950 62 0 62
1951 61 0 61
1952 82 0 82
1953 64 0 64
1954 61 0 61
1955 59 0 59
1956 66 0 66
1957 40 0 40
1958 56 0 56
1959 46 0 46
1960 41 0 41
1961 37 0 37
1962 49 0 49
1963 53 0 53
1964 55 0 55
1965 38 0 38
1966 36 0 36
1967 25 0 25
1968 38 0 38
1969 21 0 21
1970 34 0 34
1971 39 0 39
1972 38 0 38
1973 26 0 26
1974 40 0 40
1975 32 0 32
1976 37 0 37
1977 29 0 29
1978 33 0 33
1979 46 0 46
1980 24 0 24
1981 35 0 35
1982 28 0 28
1983 25 0 25
1984 30 0 30
1985 25 0 25
1986 45 0 45
1987 32 6 26
1988 36 0 36
1989 89 29 60
1990 103 33 70
1991 117 44 73
1992 100 57 43
1993 78 27 51
1994 84 29 55
1995 90 33 57
1996 79 29 50
1997 72 25 47
1998 78 31 47
1999 68 29 39
2000 74 21 53
2001 65 19 46
2002 82 25 57
2003 91 34 57
2004 106 27 79
2005 99 32 67
2006 95 35 60
2007 101 20 81
2008 117 34 83
2009 114 24 90
2010 133 30 103
2011 127 26 101
2012 97 24 73
2013 134 31 103
2014 165 42 123
2015 237 88 149
2016 287 124 163
2017 311 146 165

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Popularity of Murphy as a first name

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Popularity of Murphy as a last name

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Common last names for Murphy

  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Broussard
  • Hebert
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • Adams

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Murphy U.S.
  White 83.11% 64.26%
  African American 11.53% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.76% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Murphy

People with the last name Murphy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Murphy

  • What name lists does Murphy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Murphy? Murphy is the 2,911th most popular name of all time. As a last name Murphy was the 64th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Murphy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,759 babies born with the first name Murphy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Murphy to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Murphy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Murphy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Murphy is Monday, February 22nd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Murphy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Murphy was in 2017 with a total of 165 babies.
  • Random Murphy Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Murphy ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, 36 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Murphy: Your name in reverse order is Yhprum. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mhuyrp. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Murphy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 308,417 people with the last name Murphy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Murphy? Murphy was ranked as the 64th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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