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Murgatroyd is an English surname. 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.[1] Another source says the place name means Margaret's road.[2] In Norse, the Royd meant "Clearing" (as in a forest)[3] 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. ^ Martin, Gary. "Heavens to Murgatroyd". The Phrase Finder.
  2. ^ Campbell, Mike. "View Surname: Murgatroyd". Behind the Name: The Etymology and History of Surnames.
  3. ^ Holroyd. "The Royds".