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Where did the Scottish Munro family come from? What is the Scottish Munro family crest and coat of arms? When did the Munro family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Munro family history?

The Munro family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived near the foot of the river Roe in the Irish county of Derry. The Gaelic form of the name is Rothach, which means a man of Ro or a man from Ro.


Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Munro has been spelled Monroe, Monro, Monrow, Munroe, Munro, Munrow and many more.

First found in Cromartyshire, where they were descended from Donadl O'Kane and his Irish sept, who left their homeland at the mouth of the river Roe, in Ireland and settler in Ferrindonald in Cromarty, in the 11th century. Other historians suggest the name was originally Monrosse, because they were Mountaineers of Ross. In this case, their traditional origin is from the Siol O'Cain, an ancient Pictish tribe descended from Anselan O'Cain in North Moray, which also produced the Buchanans and the MacMillans.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Munro research. Another 839 words(60 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1230, 1476, 1651, 1505, 1680, 1602, 1693, 1697, 1729 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Munro History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 425 words(30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Munro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Munro:

Munro Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James Munro settled in Georgia in 1741
  • Henry Munro, who arrived in New York in 1757
  • Harry Munro, who landed in New York in 1765
  • David Munro, who landed in New York in 1774
  • Florence Munro, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1774

Munro Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Munro, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1800
  • Catharine Munro, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • Charley Munro, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Jane Munro, who arrived in Iowa in 1872


  • Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro (1919-1942), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942
  • Sir Hugh Munro (1856-1919), Scottish mountaineer, known for his list of Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet high
  • James Munro (1826-1871), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • General Sir Hector Munro (1726-1805), Scottish noble and the ninth Commander-in- Chief of India (1764-1765)
  • Robert Munro (1868-1955), Scottish Liberal politician and judge, made 1st Baron Alness on June 27, 1934
  • Neil Munro (1864-1930), Scottish novelist
  • Robert Munro (1835-1920), Scottish archaeologist
  • John Farquhar Munro (1934-2014), Scottish Liberal Democrat politician, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ross, Skye and Inverness West (1999-2011)
  • Donald Munro (1916-1998), Canadian politician and diplomat, member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Caroline Munro (b. 1949), English actress and model



  • Munro Family by Ronald G. Munro.
  • The Union of our Quigley & Munro Families by Eleanor Freeburn.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Munro
Dingal, Dingale, Dingall, Dingel, Dingell, Dingil, Dingile, Dingill, Dingle, Dingul, Dingval, Dingvale, Dingvil, Dingvile, Dingvul, Dingvyle, Dingwaal, Dingwaale, Dingwail, Dingwaile, Dingwal, Dingwall, Dingwalls, Dingwals, Dingwaul, Dingwayle, Dingwel, Dingwell, Dingyle, Dinwal, Dinwall, Dinwel, Dinwell, Dunwall, Dunwell, Dyngval, Dyngvale, Dyngvil, Dyngvile, Dyngvul, Dyngvyle, Dyngwaal, Dyngwaale, Dyngwail, Dyngwaile, Dyngwal, Dyngwall, Dyngwaul, Dyngwayle, Foules and more.


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The Munro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Munro Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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