Meaning and Name Origin
Murray \m(ur)-ray\ as a boys' name is pronounced MUR-ee. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Murray is "lord and master". Also possibly (Scottish) "mariner". Surname of an ancient Scottish clan, occasionally used as a given name.
Murray is a very prominent first name for men (#564 out of 1220, Top 46%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#122 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Murray for boys. Murray reached its highest position of #240 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Murray and associated names. The only other popular variation form of Murray appearing in the Top 1000 is Murry. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1920-1929 and are now much less popular, with the forms Murry and Murray becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)