Manrey was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The ancestors of the Manrey 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 Manrey family
The surname Manrey 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 Manrey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manrey 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 Manrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Manrey Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Manrey has appeared Monroe, Monro, Monrow, Munroe, Munro, Munrow and many more.
Early Notables of the Manrey 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 Manrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manrey family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Manrey: 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.