Origin of the Name Murray
The origin of the name Murray
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The principal ancestor of the great family of Murry was Freskin. His grandson, William, assumed the name, De Moravia'. From him descended the great house of Murray of Tullibardine. Sir John Murray, twelfth feudal baron of Tullibardine, was created Earl of Tullibardine by James VI. William , second Earl of Tullibardine, married Lady Dorothea Stewart, daughter and heir of the fifth Earl of Atholl, who died in 1594. His son John, was in 1629 confirmed by King Charles in his mother's peerage, and so became the first Murray Earl of Atholl. John, second Earl, was created Marquis of Atholl, 1676, and John, second Marquis Duke of Atholl in 1703. In Ireland the name Murray is derived from the native Gaelic O'Muireadhaigh sept of Ui Maine and the MacGiollaMhuire and MacMuireadhaigh septs of Counties Donegal and Down. The name Murray is today widespread throughout Ireland .
The Murray coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Murray descendants.