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 originates in Ireland although it is also found in Scotland and to a lesser extent in England. 

The Irish Gaelic surname Ó MUIREAIN (Muireain meaning sea white or sea fair) belongs to the Ui Fiachrach group of families of Sligo and North Mayo. It was also anglised as (Mc or O)MURRAN, (Mc or O)MURREN, (Mc or O)MURRIN and (Mc or O)MORAN. 

The McMURRAN surname (the most frequently observed spelling) became increasingly common in Scotland especially in the south-west during the 19th century 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. No doubt the surnames of some Scottish and Irish McMORRANs have been mispelt as McMURRAN over time and this misspelling has been perpetuated. 

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 McMURRAI(IA)Ns in the USA
McMURRANs in England McMURRINs in the USA
McMURRANs in Ireland Gen Forum McMURRAN Family Genealogy Forum
McMURRANs in the USA McMURRAN Surname Message Board
McMURRANs in Canada McMURRAIN Surname Message Board
McMURRANs/McMURRENs in Australia McMURREN Surname Message Board
McMURRENs in the England & Wales Links to useful genealogy sites
McMURRENs in the USA & Canada

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,