The story of the Manray family begins in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish clans. The Manray family lived near the foot of the river Roe in the Irish county of Derry. The Gaelic form of the name is Rothach,
which means a man of Ro
or a man from Ro.
Early Origins of the Manray family
The surname Manray was first found in Cromartyshire, where they were descended from Donadl O'Kane and his Irish sept
, who left their homeland at the mouth of the river Roe, in Ireland
and settler in Ferrindonald in Cromarty, in the 11th century. Other historians suggest the name was originally Monrosse, because they were Mountaineers of Ross. In this case, their traditional origin is from the Siol O'Cain, an ancient Pictish tribe descended from Anselan O'Cain in North Moray, which also produced the Buchanans and the MacMillans.
Early History of the Manray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manray research.Another 839 words (60 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1230, 1476, 1651, 1505, 1680, 1602, 1693, 1697, 1729 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Manray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Manray Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Manray has appeared Monroe, Monro, Monrow, Munroe, Munro, Munrow and many more.
Early Notables of the Manray family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Sir William Munro of Foulis (died 1505), a Scottish Knight and Scottish Clan
chief of the highland Clan
Munro, by tradition the 12th Baron
of Foulis and 15th overall chief of the clan; Robert Monro of the Munro of Obsdale family (died 1680)... Another 170 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manray family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Manray name: Alexander Monro, who settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife and children; Hector Monroe settled in Barbados in 1745; Hugh Monrow settled in Boston in 1651.