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The Murgatroyd Coat of Arms as granted to Michael Murgatroyd at the turn of the 17th Century.[1]

Murgatroyd (with variants including Murgatroid and Margatroid) is an English surname of Yorkshire origin and nobility.[2] 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'.[3] Another source says the place name means Margaret's road.[4] In Norse, the Royd meant "Clearing" (as in a forest).[5] 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 is also used in the favorite catchphrase of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Snagglepuss – "Heavens to Murgatroyd!".

The name may refer to the following:


Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ "The Arms of Murgatroyd". Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  2. ^ "Heavens to Murgatroyd Idiom Definition – Grammarist". Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  3. ^ Martin, Gary. "Heavens to Murgatroyd". The Phrase Finder.
  4. ^ Campbell, Mike. "View Surname: Murgatroyd". Behind the Name: The Etymology and History of Surnames.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Holroyd. "The Royds".
  6. ^ Wodehouse (2008) [1938], The Code of the Woosters, chapters 5 and 14, pp. 118 and 264.