English (Yorkshire) surname derived from the place of
residence. In 1371 the records show that a Johanus de
Morgateroyde was appointed the chief constable of Warley.
The surname was derived from the area where the clan
lived : moor-gate-royd. Literally, the clearing by the
way to the moor. There are many variations on the
spelling, Murgittroyd, Morgatroyd and Margetroyd being
I am indebted to the late Bill (W.B.) Murgatroyd,
solicitor, one time town clerk and honoured citizen of
St.Albans for kind permission to use extracts from his
private book "The Murgatroyds of Murgatroyd, Volume One" for this genealogy.