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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.

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The surname Munro was 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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 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 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

Munro Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Daniel Munro U.E., (Munroe) (b. 1738) born in Scotland from Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, USA who settled in Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia c. 1783 married to Mary Boyle having 4 children, he died in 1806
  • Mr. Daniel Munro U.E. who settled in Mallorytown, Front of Yonge, Ontario c. 1784 married having 5 children
  • Mr. Alexander Munro U.E. (b. 1754) who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1828
  • Capt. John Munro U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Hugh Munro U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784


Munro Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • George Munro, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • James Munro, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • Alexander Munro, aged 30, landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Peter Munro, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Allen Munro, who landed in Canada in 1831


Munro Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Munro arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • James Munro arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839
  • Harriet Munro arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Munro arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839
  • Thomas Munro arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839


Munro Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Munro, aged 37, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Elisabeth Munro, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Ellen Munro, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Munro, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Daniel Munro, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842


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  • William Albert Munro, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cornwall, 1917
  • William D. Munro, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 17th District, 1974
  • George Munro, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1894, 1906, 1908; Prohibition Candidate for New York State Senate, 1910, 1912
  • Edward Munro, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Lancaster, 1948
  • Donald Lapthorp Munro (1859-1934), American politician, Machinist and toolmaker; Socialist Labor Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1908; Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1924, 1928
  • Donald L. Munro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952; Circuit Judge in Michigan 32nd Circuit, 1967-78
  • Donald B. Munro, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Frederick, Oklahoma, 1912-16
  • David Allen Munro, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1872; Presidential Elector for New York, 1880; Presidential Elector for New York, 1880
  • David Munro, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County, 1817-19, 1821-22, 1836, 1841-42
  • Dana Gardner Munro (1892-1990), American politician, U.S. Consul in Valparaiso, 1920-21; U.S. Minister to Haiti, 1930-32

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  • 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...

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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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