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Murchadh name.svg
Murchadh in a Gaelic type, note the lenited c and d in the name (ch, dh) once appeared in Irish orthography with a dot above them, as pictured.
Gender Masculine
Language(s) Irish, Scottish Gaelic
Other names
Anglicisation(s) Murdo, Murdoch, Murrough, Morrow
See also Muireadhach

Murchadh is masculine given name in the Irish and Scottish Gaelic languages.


A Dictionary of First Names, published by Oxford University Press, defines the Irish name as being derived from the Gaelic elements muir, meaning "sea"; and cadh, meaning "battle". In the same book, the Scottish Gaelic name is defined as being a modern form of the Gaelic name Muireadhach, which means "lord", but is said to derive from muir, which means "sea".[1]

Anglicised forms[edit]

Anglicised forms of the Scottish Gaelic name are Murdo and Murdoch.[2] An Anglicised form of the Irish name is Murrough and Morrow. As a patronymic surname, Murphy and Morrow are also derived from Murchadh and its patronymics, MacMurchadh and Mac Murchadha

People with the given name[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 352, 406, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 
  2. ^ Mark, Colin (2006), The Gaelic-English Dictionary, London: Routledge, p. 715, ISBN 0-203-22259-8