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Multiple Origins for the Surname Bro


Irish


The surname Bro can have three possible origins. It can be a Manx name, from MacVriew, or an Irish name, from O Brugha or O Brughadha. Or it can be of Norman descent, from the names de Berewa and de Bruth. Burrough and Burrowes are related to these Norman names, as their English derivatives meaning "dweller at a bower-house."

Bro Early Origins



The surname Bro was first found in Queen's County and Kilkenny, where the Norman surnames de Berewa and de Burgh appear as early as 1190. In County Kildare, one Geoffrey Broy was outlawed as a robber in 1297.

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Bro Spelling Variations


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Bro Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Brew, Broe, Broy, Burrough, Burrowes and others.

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Bro Early History


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Bro Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bro research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1753 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Bro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bro Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bro Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Broe, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bro (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bro (post 1700)



  • Tim Broe (b. 1977), American long-distance runner at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Mrs. M. F. Broe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1956
  • Georg Alfred Broe (1923-1998), Danish surrealist artist

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Audaces fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.


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Bro Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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    The Bro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bro Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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