Murgatroyd (with variants including Murgatroid and Margatroid) is an English surname of Yorkshire origin and nobility. Its etymology, according to one source, is as follows: in 1371, a constable was appointed for the district of Warley in Yorkshire. He adopted the name of Johanus de Morgateroyde, or literally: Johanus of Moor Gate Royde or 'the district leading to the moor'. Another source says the place name means Margaret's road. In Norse, the Royd meant "Clearing" (as in a forest). Although Moorgate in London was a gate with the road to the moor passing through, in Yorkshire, Gate (again from Norse) means street, so Moor Gate Royd would be 'a clearing in the forest on the road to the moor'.
The name may refer to the following:
- Cecil G. Murgatroyd (1958–2001), long-running satirical political candidate in Australia and New Zealand
- Gavin Murgatroyd (born 1969), Namibian cricketer (previously known as Bryan Murgatroyd)
- Henry Murgatroyd (1853–1905), English cricketer
- Michael Murgatroyd (1925–2004), English-born Scottish nationalist political activist
- Peta Murgatroyd (born 1986), professional dancer
- Stephen Murgatroyd (born 1950), writer, broadcaster and consultant
- Miss Murgatroid, pseudonym of Alicia J. Rose, American musician and singer
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- Miss Murgatroyd, character played by Marie Wilson in the 1936 film Satan Met a Lady
- The Murgatroyd family, in the Gilbert and Sullivan 1887 opera Ruddigore
- The Murgatroyd family of businesspeople, in Fallen London
- Evelyn Murgatroyd, in The Voyage Out, a 1915 novel by Virginia Woolf
- General Murgatroyd, in Highland Fling, a 1931 novel by Nancy Mitford
- Murgatroyd and Winterbottom, a British comedy act consisting of Ronald Frankau and Tommy Handley
- Ambrose Murgatroyd, in the 1941 Preston Sturges movie The Lady Eve
- Miss Amy Murgatroyd, in A Murder Is Announced, a 1950 novel by Agatha Christie
- Murgatroyd, pet rabbit of the eponymous main character in Celia, a 1989 film directed by Ann Turner
- Alice Margatroid in the Touhou Project series of video games
- Murgatroyd, one of Morwen's cats in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
- Reginald "Reggie" Murgatroid, from The X-Files episode, "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat"
- Candice and Sam Murgatroyd, in British television programme Ackley Bridge
- Murgatroyd, a galactic crime boss in the Lensman series of science fiction novels by Edward Elmer "Doc" Smith
- Murgatroyd, the disgraced former butler of Aunt Dahlia, in the Jeeves and Wooster stories of P. G. Wodehouse.
- Roger Murgatroyd, henpecked husband of Edna Murgatroyd, in the story The Emperor found in Frederick Forsyth's 1972 anthology No Comebacks
- Mr Mergatroid, a love-sick talking robot, in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Time Spanner
- Maris Murgatroyd,the Scholar Mistress of Arcane Arts at the Wundrous Society in the book series Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend.
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