Murch One Name Study

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Our Goals

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Murch and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, Ros Haywood, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

So, would you like to have the category link on your MURCH profiles? It is [[Category:Murch_Name_Study]]

I tend to be more inclusive than some folk who run their Name Study: if the individual was born a MURCH, then they're in, and if they were a lady who married a MURCH, then she's in (because I figure she probably lived most of her life as a MURCH).


Ros Haywood (study manager): Johanna Murch HAYWOOD was my 2 x ggrandmother. I felt drawn to her and researched her line, which was mostly lacemakers, silk weavers, and a Court dressmaker - and nonconformists, all of which fascinated me.

Then I began researching 'outwards' by running the Murch One-Name Study at the Guild of One-Name Studies, which invites other MURCH researchers to collaborate, and then The Surname Society. This led to the WikiTree version. I am still in the 'gathering' stage, where I am trying to find all the MURCH profiles I can.

Origin of the Murch Surname

The Olde English of the pre 8th century A.D. were very fond of endearment nicknames, which developed into medieval surnames. These included examples such as Dear and Darling, Little and Mann. Curiously, 'Murch' translates as 'Little man' being originally recorded in the form of 'Morch' - see below. Quite why Morch or Murch did not achieve the same popularity as the other names is unclear, but what is certain is that, whilst rare, it has been around for a very long time. It has also been suggested that 'Murch' is a medieval theatrical surname, possibly given to an actor who played a specific part in the travelling theatres of the 14th century, but this is not proven. The name also appears in Scotland under the patronymic form 'Murchison', however the origins are not connected. Muchison is an anglicised spelling of the ancient Gaelic 'Mhurchaidh' meaning 'Sea Warrior' and is merely a sounds-like version of 'Murch'. Examples of the surname recording include Edward Murch, a witness at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on March 15th 1628, and John Murch, who married Martha Triggs at St Katherines by the Tower, London, on June 23rd 1717. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey Morch, which was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk, during the reign of King Edward III, known as 'The father of the English Navy' 1327-1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

© Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2014 (typos and grammar corrected by study leader 2016)

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The Mystery of Margaret Murch

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Murch One Name Study
Murch One Name Study

Margaret Murch as Helga
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Murch ONS background
Murch ONS background


On 20 Dec 2015 at 13:30 GMT Ros Haywood wrote:

Good to hear from you! I chose to study MURCH because it was my 2 x ggrandmother's maiden name, and her line of silkweavers and lacemakers (and nonconformists) fascinated me. A WikiTree One Name Study exists to help others researching a specific name to collaborate, share resources, maybe even break down a brickwall or two!

On 20 Dec 2015 at 02:57 GMT Amy Murch wrote:

I was wondering why you would like all the additions just with the name Murch. :) Happy to help! Couldn't believe none of them were on there, but that goes for pretty much all of my lines going all the way back to the 1700's. Can't believe no one's put any of them in yet.