In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Monray, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. The ancestors of the Monray 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 Monray family
The surname Monray 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 Monray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monray 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 Monray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Monray Spelling Variations
Although Medieval Scotland
lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations
of Scottish single names. Monray has been written Monroe, Monro, Monrow, Munroe, Munro, Munrow and many more.
Early Notables of the Monray 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 Monray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Monray family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland
, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan
societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Monray: 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.