A surname of Ireland and Scotland, (O) Murphy, Ó Murchadha, Ir. murchadh - sea-warrior, or Mac Murphy, Mac Murchada. MacLysaght notes that the "resumption of the prefixes O and Mac, which is a modern tendency with most Gaelic names, has not taken place in the case of Murphy, " that the majority of the Murphys in Ulster were probably originally Mac Murphy, and that Murphy is the most common name in Ireland. It occurs in Scotland from Irish immigration. (MacLysaght, Cottle).



At Caplin Bay: McAlpine's 1894 Directory: Edward Murphy, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: Edward Murphy, fisherman; Fredrick Murphy, fisherman
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory: Edward Murphy, fisherman; Frederick Murphy, fisherman; James Murphy, fisherman.
Family History: The Murphy family at Caplin Bay began in the 1860s with the marriage of Edward Murphy, likely from Ferryland, to Mary Walsh, daughter of James Walsh and Mary Swain. Edward and Mary settled on land belonging to the Walsh family on the north side of the main road. Later their sons Patrick, James, and Fred cleared additional land north of Walsh's land, high on the hillside overlooking Caplin Bay. Patrick (Padd) Murphy, in particular, is well remembered at Calvert because he lived to be over 100 years old.
Current Status: There are still a few Murphy families at Calvert and descendants from intermarriage with other families. In addition to those at Calvert, there are descendants throughout Newfoundland and other parts of Canada and the U.S.A.
Local Place Names: Padd Murphy's Farm. This is the piece of property, north of the Walsh property, on a hill overlooking Calvert bay, which was cleared by the Murphy family. Over the years, Patrick Murphy maintained and cultivated several acres of land which was generally referred to as Padd Murphy's Farm.

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