Broe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Broe family

The surname Broe was first found in Queen's County and Kilkenny, where the Norman surnames de Berewa and de Burgh appear as early as 1190. In County Kildare, one Geoffrey Broy was outlawed as a robber in 1297.

Early History of the Broe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broe research. Another 42 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1753 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Broe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brew, Broe, Broy, Burrough, Burrowes and others.

Early Notables of the Broe family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Broe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Broe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Broe, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Broe (post 1700) +

  • Tim Broe (b. 1977), American long-distance runner at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Mrs. M. F. Broe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1956 [1]
  • Georg Alfred Broe (1923-1998), Danish surrealist artist


The Broe Motto +

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.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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