Murray Family History

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Murray Name Meaning

Scottish: regional name from Moray in northeastern Scotland, which is probably named with Old Celtic elements meaning ‘sea’ + ‘settlement’. Irish (southern Ulster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muireadhaigh ‘descendant of Muireadhach’ (the name of several different families in various parts of Ireland), or a shortened form of McMurray. Irish: reduced form of MacIlmurray, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhuire (see Gilmore).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Murley, Curry, Murra, Merry, Mcmurray, Murphy, Murrin, Mulroy, Curran

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Murray Family Origin

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Murray Family Occupations

What did your Murray ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Murray. 4% of Murray men worked as a General Labourer and 48% of Murray women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Murray were Incapacitated and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housewife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Murray Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Murray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Murray census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 408,000 immigration records available for the last name Murray. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 267,000 military records available for the last name Murray. For the veterans among your Murray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Murray Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Murray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Murray in 1940 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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