Brugh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the Middle Ages, Viking immigrants settled the shores of Scotland and named many places. The Brugh name was then created from one of these place names. They lived in the places named Overbrough and Netherbrough in Harray, in the Orkney Islands. It is believed that the origins of the Brugh name are Norse, but it is not known if the place or personal name came first.

Early Origins of the Brugh family

The surname Brugh was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Brugh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brugh research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1557, 1600, 1643, and 1671 are included under the topic Early Brugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brugh Spelling Variations

Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Brugh include Brough, Burgh, Brugh, Broughe, Burghe, Brughe, Bruche and many more.

Early Notables of the Brugh family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Brugh migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brugh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Brugh, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [1]
  • Mrs. Brugh, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [1]
  • Mr. J. Brugh, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brugh (post 1700) +

  • Pieter Van Brugh (1666-1740), American politician, Mayor of Albany, New York, from 1699 to 1700 and 1721 to 1723 [2]
  • Harry Brugh, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Eaton District, 1961 [3]


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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