McBroown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the McBroown family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the Gaelic name Maca'Bhriuthainn, which literally means the son of a judge.

Early Origins of the McBroown family

The surname McBroown 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 McBroown family

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

McBroown Spelling Variations

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McBroown has been spelled MacBroom, MacBrayne and others.

Early Notables of the McBroown family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McBroown family

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McBroown were among those contributors: Lough MacBrane settled in South Carolina in 1716; Patrick MacBraan settled in Pennsylvania in 1871.



The McBroown 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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