Brophey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Brophey lived in the lands of Brodie, in the barony of Moray where the family at one time held territories. King Alexander III had granted their lands. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Gaelic word broth which means ditch.

Early Origins of the Brophey family

The surname Brophey was first found in Moray, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Brophey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brophey research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1386, 1466, 1550, 1645, 1617, 1680 and 1311 are included under the topic Early Brophey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brophey Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Brophey has been spelled Brodie, Brody, Brodey, Brodye, Broadie, Broffee, Broffy, Brophie, Brophey, Brothie, Brophy, Brodley, Brothy and many more.

Early Notables of the Brophey family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Brophey family to Ireland

Some of the Brophey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Brophey migration to the United States +

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Brophey:

Brophey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Brophey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Michael Brophey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1866

Contemporary Notables of the name Brophey (post 1700) +

  • L. E. Brophey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1940 [1]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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