The surname Broe can have three possible origins. It can be a Manx name, from MacVriew, or an Irish name, from O Brugha or O Brughadha. Or it can be of Norman descent, from the names de Berewa and de Bruth. Burrough and Burrowes are related to these Norman names, as their English derivatives meaning "dweller at a bower-house."
, where the Norman surnames de Berewa and de Burgh appear as early as 1190. In County
, one Geoffrey Broy was outlawed as a robber in 1297.
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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: Audaces fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.