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  1. A common Irish surname, the anglicized form of Irish Ó Murchadha
    • Herman Melville, Omoo
      After a long talk between these two, and a little broken English from the Frenchmen, our visitors took leave; but Father Murphy had hardly gone a dozen rods when back he came, inquiring whether we were in want of anything.
  2. A unisex given name transferred from the surname, of occasional usage.
    • 2012 Louise Erdrich, The Round House, Corsair (2013), →ISBN, page 178:
      Sonja made me promise I would go to college. She said she'd wanted her daughter, Murphy, to go. She'd named her baby Murphy because it could never be a stripper name. But her daughter had changed her name to London.
  3. A census-designated place, the county seat of Owyhee County, Idaho, United States.
  4. A town, the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Murphy is the 64th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 308,417 individuals. Murphy is most common among White (83.11%) and Black (11.53%) individuals.