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What part of Ireland does the name Murphy come from?



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Murphy (Ó Murchadha or Mac Murchadha) is the most common surname in Ireland.

It arose independently in several parts of Ireland: Tyrone, Sligo, and Wexford.

Today it is found in Wexford, Carlow, Cork, Kerry. The Ulster Murphys are strong in Armagh and the surname is widepread in Ulster. A more modern spelling is Ó Murchú (pronounced ó murrakhoo).