Darroch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Darroch, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived 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 Darroch family

The surname Darroch 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." [1]

Early History of the Darroch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darroch 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 Darroch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darroch 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. Darroch has been spelled Darroch, Darrow, Darrach, Daroch, Darach, Darragh, Darrogh, Darrioch, Darraugh, Darrough and many more.

Early Notables of the Darroch family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Darroch family to Ireland

Some of the Darroch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Darroch 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 Darroch:

Darroch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizt. Darroch, aged 48, who settled in America from Dundee, in 1900
  • Elizabeth Darroch, aged 28, who landed in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1907
  • John Darroch, aged 44, who landed in America from Motherwell, Scotland, in 1909
  • Grace Darroch, aged 39, who settled in America from Motherwell, Scotland, in 1909
  • Hugh Darroch, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Kilmarnock, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Darroch migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Darroch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Darroch, Scottish convict who was convicted in Stirling, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 25th June 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Miss Agnes Darroch, (Brown), Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth and Henry" on 14th September 1846, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Darroch 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:

Darroch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Darroch, aged 38, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842 [4]
  • Nicholas Darroch, aged 39, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842 [4]
  • James Darroch, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842 [4]
  • Robert Darroch, aged 16, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842 [4]
  • Mary Darroch, aged 14, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Darroch (post 1700) +

  • Joe Darroch (1872-1949), Scottish footballer who played from 1892 to 1901
  • David Jeremy Darroch (b. 1962), English businessman, Chief Executive of Sky plc
  • Arnold Darroch (1898-1974), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Wellington North (1949-1953)
  • Sir Kim Darroch KCMG (b. 1954), British diplomat, Her Majesty's Ambassador to the United States (2016-), United Kingdom National Security Advisor (2012-2015), Her Majesty's Permanent Representative to the European Union (2007-2012)
  • Martin Darroch (b. 1972), Canadian professional hockey player


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emily
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth-and-henry
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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