This site was created 18 October 1997 and last updated 18 October 2005
While researching the Scottish surname McMORRAN I have sometimes found record entries mispelt as McMURRAN.  My initial supposition was that the surname McMURRAN arose from a corruption of the McMORRAN name.  The picture does not appear to be this clear so I have now created this site seperate from the McMORRAN ONE NAME STUDY for the McMURRAN surname and its variants:


The McMURRAN name appears to originate in Ireland although it is also found in Scotland and to a lesser extent in England.  McMORRANs from Scotland have migrated to Ireland over the centuries at least as far back as the time of the invasion by Cromwell's armies.  There are also some Irish families bearing the surnames McMORRAN (and McMORAN) derived from the surname MORAN that have no Scottish antecedents.  No doubt the surnames of some of these Scottish and Irish McMORRAN have been mispelt as McMURRAN over time and this misspelling has been perpetuated.  Other variations of the surname spelling found in Ireland include McMURREN and McMURRIN. The McMURRAN surname became increasingly common in Scotland during the 19th century especially in the south-west due to the wave of Irish immigrants who settled in Scotland between 1820 and 1900.  Over half of the McMURRAN adults listed in the 1881 census of Scotland for instance are of Irish birth. 

The nineteenth century saw many Scottish and Irish families emigrate to distant shores.  The main destinations for McMURRAN families were the USA, then Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  One American family who spell their surname both McMURRIAN and McMURRAIN appear to have originally spelt it McMURRIN.  Most of the McMURRANs in America and Canada are of Irish descent.

McMURRANs in Scotland McMURRENs in the England & Wales
McMURRANs in England McMURRENs in the USA & Canada
McMURRANs in Ireland McMURRAI(IA)Ns in the USA
McMURRANs in the USA McMURRINs in the USA
McMURRANs in Canada Gen Forum McMURRAN Family Genealogy Forum
McMURRANs/McMURRENs in New Zealand Links to useful genealogy sites
As I am now focussing entirely on the McMorran surname this site will no longer be updated after 2005
Anyone wishing to continue hosting and updating the McMurr*n site pages is welcome to contact me:

Marcel Safier,
P.O. Box 239, Holland Park 4121, Queensland, Australia,