Milroy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Milroy family

The surname Milroy was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat on the Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland in Wigton.

Early History of the Milroy family

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Milroy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Milroy, Mcilroy, Malrie, Milrie, Malroy, Mulroy and others.

Early Notables of the Milroy family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Milroy family to Ireland

Some of the Milroy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Milroy migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milroy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Milroy, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
Milroy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony Milroy, who settled in New York in 1774
  • Anthony Milroy, who arrived in New York in 1774 [1]
Milroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Milroy, who settled in New York in 1832
  • Grace Milroy, who settled in New York in 1832
  • John Milroy, who settled in America in 1850
  • Alexander Milroy, who landed in America in 1850 [1]
  • John Milroy, who landed in America in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Milroy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milroy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Milroy U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John Milroy U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Milroy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Milroy, who arrived in Ontario sometime between 1803 and 1867
  • Gavin Milroy, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • James Milroy, who was recorded to be living in Ontario in 1871

Australia Milroy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Milroy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Milroy, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Emily Milroy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [3]

New Zealand Milroy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Milroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Milroy, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Ann Milroy, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Margaret Milroy, aged 11, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Julia Milroy, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Michael Milroy, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Milroy (post 1700) +

  • Nick Milroy (b. 1974), American politician, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Robert Huston Milroy (1816-1890), American lawyer, judge, and a Union Army general in the American Civil War
  • Jack Milroy (1915-2001), born James Cruden, Scottish comedian
  • Ann Lesley Milroy (b. 1944), British sociolinguist, professor emerita at the University of Michigan
  • Duncan Milroy (b. 1983), Canadian NHL hockey player
  • Bobby Milroy (b. 1978), Canadian badminton champion, former president of the World Badminton Player's Federation
  • Seán Milroy (1877-1946), Irish Republican politician


The Milroy 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: Espérance
Motto Translation: Hope.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm


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