Last name origins & meanings:
- Irish (County Cork): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó
Murthuile, ‘descendant of Murthuile’, a personal name from
murthuile ‘sea tide’ (muir ‘sea’ + tuile ‘tide’,
- Irish (Donegal and Mayo): Anglicized form of Gaelic
Ó Murghaile ‘descendant of Murghal’, a personal name
from muir ‘sea’ + gal ‘valor’.
- English: possibly of Irish origin, but it occurs chiefly in southwestern
counties, suggesting that it may be a variant of the habitational name
Morley, from Moreleigh in Devon.
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