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Princeton's WordNet

  1. potato, white potato, Irish potato, murphy, spud, taternoun

    an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland


  1. Murphynoun

    An Irish or white potato.

  2. Murphynoun

    in occasional use, transferred from the surname.

  3. Murphynoun

    A common Irish surname, the anglicized form of Irish Ó Murchadha

    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.

  4. Murphynoun

    A unisex given name transferred from the surname, of occasional usage.

    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.

  5. Murphynoun

    A census-designated place, the county seat of Owyhee County, Idaho, United States.

  6. Murphynoun

    A town, the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States.


  1. Murphy

    Murphy () (Irish: Ó Murchú) is an Irish surname and the most common surname in the Republic of Ireland.


  1. murphy

    Murphy typically refers to "Murphy's Law," a popular adage that states that "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." It can also be a common surname of Irish origin, derived from the Gaelic term "Ó Murchadha" meaning "descendant of sea warrior." In some contexts, it can also refer to an Irish potato, usually in a historical context related to the Irish Potato Famine. The term would need context to derive its exact meaning, as it can vary based on usage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Murphynoun

    a potato


  1. Murphy

    Murphy is the county seat and largest city of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. It is situated at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Valley Rivers. It is the westernmost county seat in the state of North Carolina, approximately 360 miles from the state capital in Raleigh.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Murphy

    mur′fi, n. (coll.) a potato:—pl. Mur′phies (-fiz). [From the common Irish name Murphy.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Murphy is ranked #64 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Murphy surname appeared 308,417 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 105 would have the surname Murphy.

    83.1% or 256,325 total occurrences were White.
    11.5% or 35,560 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 7,217 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 5,428 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 2,097 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 1,789 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Murphy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Murphy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Murphy in a Sentence

  1. John Kennedy:

    Chris Murphy have to figure out a way to condemn the butchery and the murder in the strongest possible terms without blowing up the Middle East, chris Murphy's what the Senate needs help on, and I am open to all suggestions on how to do that.

  2. David Barram:

    First off, all these media outlets who call the election have called it for Joe Biden, I think the winner is pretty clear, but I sympathize with The GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, but, you know, I have confidence in Emily to do the right thing. I'm expecting the best for Emily. The GSA administrators have to stand together. So, I hope it works well for her and I hope it works well for the country.

  3. Archbishop Jerome Listecki:

    Mistakes were made in the Lawrence Murphy case, the mistakes were not made in Rome in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The mistakes were made here, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s, by the church, by civil authorities, by church officials, and by bishops. And for that, I beg your forgiveness in the name of the church and in the name of this Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

  4. Alexander Ellison:

    This was harassment by Phil Murphy, i didn't break the law.

  5. President Biden:

    This photo from Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, shows Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., during a gubernatorial debate at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey( AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, Pool) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP A growing number of political prognosticators look at Phil Murphy as a potential 2024 Democratic White House hopeful should President Biden change Phil Murphy mind and announce Phil Murphy wo n’t seek reelection. Asked about any national ambitions in the upcoming presidential cycle, Phil Murphy answered that President Biden.

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