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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 male or female given name in occasional use, transferred from the surname.
    • 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 CDP in Idaho, USA, and the county seat of Owyhee County.
  4. a town in North Carolina, USA, and the county seat of Cherokee County.

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