The Gaelic origin of McMurtry /
Muircheartaigh (variants: Muirchertaigh, Muirchertach or
(listen to the
Meaning: sea navigator or sea ruler or expert seaman or simply
Scotland and Ulster: 'Mac' (son of)
Ireland: 'O' (son of) = O'Muircheartaigh
and its variants are names seen
through hundreds of years of Irish and Scottish history with a
number of Irish kings bearing this as their given name.
Muirchertach Mac Ercae, great-grandson of Niall of the Nine
Hostages and High King of Ireland
Muirchertach mac Néill aka Muirchetaich "of the Leather
Cloaks", 10th century king of
Muirchertach Ua Briain,
Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn, 12 century king of Cenél nEógain
Flaithbertach m. Muirchertaigh, Abbot of Dunkeld (873 AD)
became a surname and was anglicized as Moriarty in Co.
Kerry, Murtagh near Kells in Co. Meath, McBrearty in Co. Donegal, McCurdy
in Co. Antrim / Scotland, as well as Murdoch in Scotland.
one of the most popular male Irish names in early and medieval
Ireland, and even until the 19th century among some northern