Darrough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Darrough family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. 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 Darrough family

The surname Darrough was first found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Darrough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darrough research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1406, 1462, 1500, and 1784 are included under the topic Early Darrough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darrough Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Darrough has been spelled Darroch, Darrow, Darrach, Daroch, Darach, Darragh, Darrogh, Darrioch, Darraugh, Darrough and many more.

Early Notables of the Darrough family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Darrough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Darrough family to Ireland

Some of the Darrough 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 Darrough migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Darrough:

Darrough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Darrough, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Darrough (post 1700) +

  • Guy Darrough, American paleontologist from St. Louis, Missouri who helped discover the remains of Hypsibema missouriensis, in Bollinger County, Missouri
  • Steve Darrough, American Vice President, Worldwide Marketing of Zilog, Inc
  • John Samuel Darrough (1841-1920), Union Army soldier in the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor


  1. ^ 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)


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