Murray

First Name
22k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
185k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Murray

"Murray" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the sea town". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A southeast Australian river; flows westward and then south into the Indian Ocean at Adelaide
  2. Scottish philologist and the lexicographer who shaped the Oxford English Dictionary (1837-1915)
  3. British classical scholar (born in Australia) who advocated the League of Nations and the United Nations (1866-1957)
Wiktionary

Scottish surname derived from the place name Moray in NE Scotland, probably from old Celtic "sea + settlement".

  1. A river in southeastern Australia, flowing 2,589 km (1,609 mi) to the Indian Ocean.
  2. Any of a number of places in the U.S.A. and elsewhere.
  3. A Scottish surname​.
  4. A male given name, transferred from the surname.

Murray was also found in the following language(s): Italian

Notable Persons Named Murray

He has been prominent since 1971. F. was given the name Murray Abraham on October 24th, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Murray N. Rothbard was an economist. Murray was born on March 2nd, 1926 in Bronx, New York City, New York, United States. He left this life on January 7th, 1995.

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Murray Head is a rock music and new wave music musician. He was most active from 1966 to present. Murray was given the name Murray Seafield Saint-George Head on March 5th, 1946.

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Murray Bookchin was a philosopher. Murray was born on January 14th, 1921 in New York City. He passed away on July 30th, 2006.

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Murray Hamilton was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1944 to present. Murray was born on March 24th, 1923 in Washington, North Carolina, U.S. He breathed his last breath on September 1st, 1986.

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Murray Gell-Mann is a scientist in the field of physics. Murray was born on September 15th, 1929 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Murray

Bill Murray is an actor, comedian, and writer. He was most prominent from 1973 to present. Bill was given the name William James Murray on September 21st, 1950 in Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

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Andy Murray is a tennis player. Andy was born on May 15th, 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

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Chad Michael Murray is an actor, model, spokesperson, and writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Chad was born Chad Michael Murray on August 24th, 1981 in Buffalo, New York, U.S. Chad is also known as Chad Murray.

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Hannah Murray is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2007. Hannah was born Hannah Murray on July 1st, 1989 in Bristol.

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Sean Murray is an actor. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Sean was given the name Sean Harland Murray on November 15th, 1977 in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Charles Murray is a scientist in the fields of political science, social science, and history of science. Charles was given the name Charles Alan Murray on January 8th, 1943 in Newton, Iowa.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 17 0 17
1881 14 0 14
1882 19 0 19
1883 20 0 20
1884 17 0 17
1885 21 0 21
1886 19 0 19
1887 34 0 34
1888 18 0 18
1889 24 0 24
1890 32 0 32
1891 21 0 21
1892 24 0 24
1893 18 0 18
1894 27 0 27
1895 39 0 39
1896 31 0 31
1897 41 0 41
1898 32 0 32
1899 33 0 33
1900 49 0 49
1901 41 0 41
1902 38 0 38
1903 31 0 31
1904 51 5 46
1905 60 0 60
1906 47 0 47
1907 71 0 71
1908 72 0 72
1909 67 0 67
1910 95 6 89
1911 144 5 139
1912 261 7 254
1913 273 5 268
1914 346 6 340
1915 360 0 360
1916 443 9 434
1917 446 10 436
1918 483 6 477
1919 469 5 464
1920 530 6 524
1921 612 8 604
1922 635 7 628
1923 598 9 589
1924 603 12 591
1925 593 9 584
1926 579 9 570
1927 518 7 511
1928 512 8 504
1929 437 0 437
1930 419 7 412
1931 377 0 377
1932 348 6 342
1933 284 5 279
1934 261 0 261
1935 255 0 255
1936 223 0 223
1937 251 0 251
1938 265 0 265
1939 250 6 244
1940 264 5 259
1941 265 0 265
1942 264 8 256
1943 299 8 291
1944 225 6 219
1945 189 0 189
1946 243 5 238
1947 300 6 294
1948 259 6 253
1949 282 6 276
1950 234 0 234
1951 278 5 273
1952 288 5 283
1953 259 9 250
1954 292 5 287
1955 279 0 279
1956 315 7 308
1957 274 6 268
1958 257 0 257
1959 242 0 242
1960 224 7 217
1961 232 5 227
1962 210 7 203
1963 205 0 205
1964 184 8 176
1965 136 0 136
1966 140 0 140
1967 120 0 120
1968 94 0 94
1969 121 6 115
1970 109 0 109
1971 99 5 94
1972 67 0 67
1973 69 0 69
1974 67 5 62
1975 68 0 68
1976 55 0 55
1977 44 0 44
1978 52 0 52
1979 52 0 52
1980 61 0 61
1981 49 0 49
1982 49 0 49
1983 41 0 41
1984 37 0 37
1985 31 0 31
1986 44 6 38
1987 33 0 33
1988 33 0 33
1989 45 0 45
1990 42 5 37
1991 34 0 34
1992 37 0 37
1993 34 0 34
1994 31 0 31
1995 25 0 25
1996 32 0 32
1997 17 0 17
1998 28 0 28
1999 29 0 29
2000 25 0 25
2001 32 0 32
2002 18 0 18
2003 21 0 21
2004 15 0 15
2005 33 0 33
2006 19 0 19
2007 18 0 18
2008 26 0 26
2009 23 0 23
2010 30 0 30
2011 30 0 30
2012 47 5 42
2013 26 0 26
2014 40 0 40
2015 44 0 44
2016 49 6 43

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Popularity of Murray as a first name

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Popularity of Murray as a last name

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Common last names for Murray

  • Smith
  • Cohen
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Levine
  • Goldstein
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Goldberg
  • Greenberg
  • Jackson
  • Friedman
  • Rosen
  • Klein
  • Gordon

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Murray U.S.
  White 74.92% 64.26%
  African American 19.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.60% 16.26%

Of Last Name Murray

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

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Fun Facts about the name Murray

  • How Popular is the name Murray? Murray is the 1,606th most popular name of all time. As a last name Murray was the 136th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Murray have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 21,782 babies born with the first name Murray in the United States. That's more than enough people named Murray to occupy the territory of Caribbean Netherlands (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 21,133 (as of January 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Murray? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Murray first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Murray is Tuesday, March 14th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Murray born? The highest recorded use of the first name Murray was in 1922 with a total of 628 babies.
  • Random Murray Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Murray ranks 80th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, 179 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Murray: Your name in reverse order is Yarrum. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aumyrr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Murray? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 184,910 people with the last name Murray.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Murray? Murray was ranked as the 136th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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