McBruoombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McBruoombe family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McBruoombe is derived from the Gaelic name Maca'Bhriuthainn, which literally means the son of a judge.

Early Origins of the McBruoombe family

The surname McBruoombe 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 McBruoombe family

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

McBruoombe Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McBruoombe has been written as MacBroom, MacBrayne and others.

Early Notables of the McBruoombe family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McBruoombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McBruoombe family

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McBruoombe or a variant listed above include: Lough MacBrane settled in South Carolina in 1716; Patrick MacBraan settled in Pennsylvania in 1871.



The McBruoombe 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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