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

McBroom is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from the Gaelic name Maca'Bhriuthainn, which literally means the son of a judge.

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Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McBroom has been spelled MacBroom, MacBrayne and others.

First found in on the Isle of Islay, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBroom research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early McBroom History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McBroom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McBrooms to arrive in North America: Lough MacBrane settled in South Carolina in 1716; Patrick MacBraan settled in Pennsylvania in 1871.

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  • Amanda McBroom (b. 1947), American Golden Globe Award winning and Daytime Emmy Award nominated singer and song-writer
  • Durga McBroom (b. 1962), American singer and actress
  • Ed McBroom, American politician, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 108th district
  • Thomas McBroom (b. 1952), Canadian golf course architect, twelve of his designs are listed in the 2006 ranking of Canada's top 100 courses
  • Kelly McBroom (b. 1989), Canadian National Ski Alpine Team Member


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortis ceu leo fidus
Motto Translation: As strong as a dependable lion.

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The McBroom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBroom 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.

This page was last modified on 9 February 2014 at 10:45.

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