What does Murray mean?
Murray /mur-ray/ [2 sylls.] 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.
How popular is Murray?
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 (#123 out of 150436, 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. in the 1900s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Murray and associated names. The only other popular variation form of Murray is Murry. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.491%) and are now much less popular, with the forms Murray and Murry becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)