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  1. Myrrh is a beautiful word, soft and breathy. Murphy, however, loses the breathiness with the nasal-sounding addition of that final syllable.

  2. I always took the names on Murphy Brown name to be a joke. A beautiful, but mouthy (difficult) woman with a masculine name… that she was also a recovering alcoholic named Murphy added to the joke. That just a few years prior, superhuman-sized Merlin Olsen had starred on Father Murphy adds the masculinity of the name.

    I was trying to imagine Murphy on a child and I started to think about the fusty Murray and Muriel. I’m just not a fan of Mur- names.

  3. In the movie “The Boondock Saints”, Norman Reedus played Murphy MacManus (one of the twins). The other twin (played by Sean Patrick Flanery) was named Connor MacManus.

    • I keep meaning to watch The Boondock Saints … somehow it never makes it to the top of my Netflix queue …

  4. I have a great-great grandfather that was born in Murphy’s Gold Camp in California. I visited the place a couple of years ago. It’s known as Murphys, CA, now. It’s really nice place.

  5. I know a female Murphy! She wears it very well– she’s in art school and is a painter but I think the name could work equally well on a lawyer, etc. It’s rare in that way. I don’t usually care for masculine names or surnames on girls, but there’s something offbeat and appealing about Murphy. I still wouldn’t use it myself, but I like hearing it.

  6. Judged on its own merits, Murphy is a great name, but it does carry a lot of baggage, it has to be said. I fear it is as likely as Guinness to really take off as a given name in the near future.

  7. I knew a Murphy in College. His dad was the Governor of Louisiana who was named Murphy (“Mike”) as well. Mike Foster’s grandfather, Murphy Foster, Sr, was also governor of Louisiana. Since I’m a Louisiana girl, it’s a positive association, but one I’m more likely to give to a dog.

  8. I’m too much of a Dropkick Murphys fan to like it as a name, but their song “The Dirty Glass” (featuring a guy called Murphy and a gal called Darcy) introduced me to a new favorite girl’s name: Darcy, of course!

  9. I was thinking the same thing! Murphy Murphy? Ridiculous! ๐Ÿ™‚ I went to grammar school with a kid whose surname was Murphy & that’s what we called him (I can’t recall his first name at all). Not that I’d want to either, he was a nasty, nasty piece of work. Mean to everyone. Only lasted a year in our private, Catholic school but still… Muphy’s not my cup of steak.

  10. I was thinking the same thing! Murphy Murphy? Ridiculous! ๐Ÿ™‚ I went to grammar school with a kid whose surname was Murphy & that’s what we called him (I can’t recall his first name at all). Not that I’d want o either, he was a nasty, nasty piece of work. Mean to everyone. Only lasted a year in our private, Catholic school but still… Muphy’s not my cup of steak.

  11. I actually know a lad named Murphy who is maybe 4/5 years younger than me; Murphy is his mother’s maiden name. Therefore I can see the name as possibly having some use as a first name, but it is just such a popular surname. Imagine naming your daughter Murphy, and then she falls in love with John Murphy. It would make things difficult, to say the least.

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