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Darroch Surname History



Darroch is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Darroch family lived in Darroch in Stirlinghsire. The name could also be derived a form of the lost name MacDara which meant son of oak and others believe the name is from Dath riabhach. Literally, the name comes from the Gaelic "darach" which means "oak tree."


Early Origins of the Darroch family


The surname Darroch was first found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Darroch family


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Darroch Spelling Variations


The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Darroch has been spelled Darroch, Darrow, Darrach, Daroch, Darach, Darragh, Darrogh, Darrioch, Darraugh, Darrough and many more.

Early Notables of the Darroch family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Darroch family to Ireland


Some of the Darroch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Darroch family to the New World and Oceana


The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Darroch:

Darroch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elizt. Darroch, aged 48, who settled in America from Dundee, in 1900
  • Elizabeth Darroch, aged 28, who landed in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1907
  • John Darroch, aged 44, who landed in America from Motherwell, Scotland, in 1909
  • Grace Darroch, aged 39, who settled in America from Motherwell, Scotland, in 1909
  • Hugh Darroch, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Kilmarnock, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Darroch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Darroch, aged 38, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Nicholas Darroch, aged 39, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • James Darroch, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Robert Darroch, aged 16, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Mary Darroch, aged 14, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Darroch (post 1700)


  • Joe Darroch (1872-1949), Scottish footballer who played from 1892 to 1901
  • David Jeremy Darroch (b. 1962), English businessman, Chief Executive of Sky plc
  • Arnold Darroch (1898-1974), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Wellington North (1949-1953)
  • Sir Kim Darroch KCMG (b. 1954), British diplomat, Her Majesty's Ambassador to the United States (2016-), United Kingdom National Security Advisor (2012-2015), Her Majesty's Permanent Representative to the European Union (2007-2012)
  • Martin Darroch (b. 1972), Canadian professional hockey player

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