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Murphy is an Anglicized version of two Irish surnames Ó Murchadha ("descendant of Murchadh"), and Mac Murchaidh ("son of Murchadh" ) derived from the Irish personal name Murchadh, which meant "sea-warrior" or "sea-battler". (Muir meaning "sea" and cath meaning "battle".) Mac Murchaidh is the more likely Irish root of the Murphy surname in the provinces of Ulster and Munster, in particular, but not limited to, Armagh and Tyrone. The motto of the Murphy clan is "Fortis et hospitalis," which means "Brave and hospitable".

The Oxford English Dictionary claims that Murphy is derived from the name Morpheus.

Murphy is the most common Irish surname. In Great Britain, "Spud" is a common nickname for someone with the surname, from the association of Ireland with potatoes.[1][2] In modern Irish "Ó Murchú", rather than "Ó Murchadha", is used.


Notable people with the name





  1. ^ Crystal, David (2006). Words, words, words. Oxford University Press. p. 74. ISBN 0198614446. "Linguistic associations account for such combinations as 'Snowy' White, 'Spud' Murphy, and 'Dicky' Bird." 
  2. ^ Noble, Vernon (1976) (in These include 'dusty' Miller (because of the original miller's corn dust), 'spud' Murphy (the Irish being identified with potatoes), 'chalky' White,). Nicknames: past and present. foreword Eric Partridge. London: Hamish Hamilton. p. 9. ISBN 0241895146. 

External links

  • Murphys of Ireland website, featuring general information about the Murphy surname, including derivation and discussion of the major early Murchadha septs in Ireland.

See also

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Murphy is a town in western North Carolina, located in Cherokee County.

Get in

Murphy is roughly centrally located between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina on US Hwy 64, which turns south and east at Murphy and goes through Hayesville on its way to Franklin and places east. Proceeding east along Hwy 19/74 takes your through Andrews, the Nantahala Gorge, and on to Asheville.

It sounds complicated, but it isn't. The four-lane highway running east and west through Murphy takes you from Chattanooga to Asheville (or vice-versa) with no turns. It's just the numbers on the road that change.

Murphy is also located about 100 miles or so from Knoxville, Tennessee; Greenville, South Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia. Travel to these towns is a bit more complicated because of the lack of highways.

The roads in and out of Murphy are generally well-maintained and are of good quality. In the winter, it may take a few hours or a day to clear the roads for travel after a snow-storm, but it rarely takes much longer.

There is a small airport near Andrews, North Carolina (about 15 miles) that is being expanded to handle commuter jets and is perfectly suited to smaller private planes.


Obviously, in the fall, you will enjoy seeing mile after mile of spectacular autumn leaves and Murphy is a popular destination for leaf watchers.

On Hwy 294, west of Murphy, you can see the Fields of the Wood, which has one of the largest Ten Commandments in the world.


About 15 miles south of Murphy is the world-famous John C. Campbell Folk School, an American version of the Dutch 'folkehojskole', where people learn American traditional arts and crafts, including blacksmithing, ceramics, cooking, jewelry, dance and music. The Folk School has a Fall Festival the first weekend in October every year and thousands of people come to purchase arts and crafts and listen to the music. This is a great way to buy those hard-to-find gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. Go to their website and request a free printed catalog.

There are many rivers and lakes in the area that are popular for boating, swimming and fishing. Other outdoor sports and recreation are popular, as well.

Murphy is about an hour from popular tourist destinations such as Cherokee, NC, home of the Cherokee Indians, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which sits on the Tennessee/North Carolina border.

West of Murphy is the Ocoee River, a great whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoing destination for many people. It was the home of the watersports competitions during the Atlanta Olympics.

East of Murphy is the Nantahala River, another great river for rafting, kayaking and canoing. It is easier than the Ocoee and there are stretches where you can relax and enjoy the scenery and the friends making the trip with you. You'll encounter some whitewater -- just enough to make it exciting. This is an outstanding trip for whitewater beginners.


Handmade arts and crafts abound in our area. There are several popular stores in and around town that offer arts, crafts, fine art, and antiques.

  • Shoebooties Cafe, Peachtree Street in the heart of downtown. One of the most popular places to eat.
  • Doyle's Cedar Hills Restaurant, located near the Murphy High School.
  • The Longhouse Restaurant and Bar, located at the Cherokee Hills Golf and Country Club is a popular place to eat, especially for golfers.
  • Brothers, located approx 5 miles west of Murphy, towards the TN line. Wonderful service and food.
  • Mountain Brew Coffee House, Highway 64 West in Hickory Oaks Plaza). Offers specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, wi-fi, internet, snacks and sweets.


ERA Carolina Mountain Homes has a full time property manager who can find the perfect cabin get-a-way for you.

This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary



Proper noun




  1. A common Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murchadha
  2. A male given name in occasional use, transferred from the surname.




Murphy (plural Murphys)

  1. An Irish or white potato.

See also


Up to date as of January 23, 2010
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