The Irish surname Murphey, also found in Scotland, is of patronymic origin deriving from the Gaelic name O'Murchu meaning "descendant of the sea-warrior." The Murphey family are first found in County Wexford where they held an ancestral seat from early times. Today it's more common variant Murphy is the most common surname in Ireland with many bearers hailing from County Cork. Murphey is the 7,762nd most common name in the United states with over 4,000 bearers living there.
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