The earliest origins of the name Bruff are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the
It is a name for someone who lived in the places named Overbrough and Netherbrough in Harray, in the
Islands. It is believed that the origins of the Bruff name are Norse, but it is not known if the place or
from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruff research.Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1557, 1600, 1643, and 1671 are included under the topic Early Bruff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations
, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Bruff has been spelled Brough, Burgh, Brugh, Broughe, Burghe, Brughe, Bruche and many more.
The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan
societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Bruff family relocated to North American shores quite early:
Bruff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Bruff, who landed in Maryland in 1666 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Bruff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jesse Bruff, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"