Bruff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Bruff are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in the places named Overbrough and Netherbrough in Harray, in the Orkney Islands. It is believed that the origins of the Bruff name are Norse, but it is not known if the place or personal name came first.

Early Origins of the Bruff family

The surname Bruff was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Bruff family

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Bruff Spelling Variations

Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Bruff has been spelled Brough, Burgh, Brugh, Broughe, Burghe, Brughe, Bruche and many more.

Early Notables of the Bruff family (pre 1700)

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United States Bruff migration to the United States +

The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Bruff family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Bruff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Bruff, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [1]

Australia Bruff migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bruff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jesse Bruff, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Bruff (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Bruff, American politician, Delegate to Texas Convention of 1832 from District of Alfred, 1832 [2]
  • Judd H. Bruff, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912 [2]
  • Joseph Bruff, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1868 [2]
  • John B. Bruff (b. 1929), American Democratic Party politician, Macomb County Circuit Court Commissioner, 1963; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1968; Chair of Macomb County Democratic Party, 1969 [2]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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