surname Murphy or in Irish, O Murchadha (meaning strong
or superior), anglicised O'Murchoe and finally anglicised
to itís present form, Murphy, traces it origin from
Milesians, King of Spain, through the line of his son,
Heremon the first absolute King of Ireland, 504 BC.
The Murphy Clan, or ancient term Hy Felimy, i.e. descendant
to Felimy, so called as they descended from Feidhlim,
son of the celebrated Enna Kinsellagh, King of Laighlin
(i.e. province of Leinster), in the fifth century and
in direct line from Dermot McMurrough, King of the Province
of Leinster 1110 Ad to 1171 AD. The family name of the
chieftain of the Murphy Clan is called "the O Morchoe".
The family motto is "Fortes et Hospitatis", meaning
Strong and Hospitable, a second motto, "to conquer rather
than die" is also associated with the name. The surname
Murphy and the variant forms is the most common surname
in the whole of Ireland.