Darrah History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of first people to use the name Darrah. The name was found in Darroch in Stirlinghsire. The name could also be derived a form of the lost name MacDara which meant son of oak and others believe the name is from Dath riabhach. Literally, the name comes from the Gaelic "darach" which means "oak tree."
Early Origins of the Darrah family
The surname Darrah was first found in Stirlingshire, where one of the first records of the family was John Darach who was bailie of Stirling in 1406. "John Darach de Cruce mentioned in 1445 may be John Darraugh, commissioner for the burgh of Stirling in 1450. Jonete Daroch is in record in 1458, and Mariote Darrauch appears as nurse of the Lady Margaret, second daughter of James II., 1462." 
Early History of the Darrah family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darrah research. Another 396 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1406, 1462, 1471, 1477, 1301, 1482, 1505, 1522, 1525, 1545, 1550, 1574, 1608, 1620, 1629, 1632, 1684, 1500, 1784 and are included under the topic Early Darrah History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Darrah Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Darrah has appeared Darroch, Darrow, Darrach, Daroch, Darach, Darragh, Darrogh, Darrioch, Darraugh, Darrough and many more.
Early Notables of the Darrah family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Darrah is the 10,106th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Darrah family to Ireland
Some of the Darrah family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Darrah:
Darrah Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Darrah Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Darrah Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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:
Darrah Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century