MacBroum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacBroum family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name MacBroum is derived from the Gaelic name Maca'Bhriuthainn, which literally means the son of a judge.

Early Origins of the MacBroum family

The surname MacBroum was first found in on the Isle of Islay. Later, Andro McBrome, the burgess of Kirkcudbright, was charged with intromitting with pirates, 1576. Joannes McBromius appears in 1655 with his name in Latin form and Margaret McKbroome in the parish of Stonykirk, 1684. [1]

Early History of the MacBroum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacBroum research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1685 are included under the topic Early MacBroum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacBroum Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of MacBroum include MacBroom, MacBrayne and others.

Early Notables of the MacBroum family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the MacBroum family

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name MacBroum arrived in North America very early: Lough MacBrane settled in South Carolina in 1716; Patrick MacBraan settled in Pennsylvania in 1871.



The MacBroum 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: Fortis ceu leo fidus
Motto Translation: As strong as a dependable lion.


  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)


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