Monroy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The current generations of the Monroy family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Monroy 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 Monroy family

The surname Monroy 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 Monroy family

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Monroy Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Monroy has been spelled Monroe, Monro, Monrow, Munroe, Munro, Munrow and many more.

Early Notables of the Monroy 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), a famous Scottish General, from the Clan Munro of Ross-shire; Sir George Munro, 1st Baronet of Newmore (1602-1693), Scottish soldier and Member of Parliament; Sir John Munro, 4th Baronet of Foulis (died 1697), 22nd Baron and 25th chief of the Clan Munro; Sir Robert Munro, 5th Baronet of Foulis (died...
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Monroy Ranking

In the United States, the name Monroy is the 5,861st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Monroy migration to the United States +

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Monroy:

Monroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cristobal De Monroy, who arrived in America in 1812 [2]
  • Francisco De Monroy, who arrived in America in 1828 [2]
  • George Monroy, aged 7, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [2]
  • Otto Monroy, aged 11, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [2]
  • Dionisio De Monroy, who landed in America in 1834 [2]
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Monroy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Valentin Monroy, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Vinzo M. Monroy, aged 23, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Geneneve Monroy, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Arturo Monroy, aged 40, who immigrated to America from Havana, Cuba, in 1915
  • Luis Monroy, aged 36, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Monroy (post 1700) +

  • Bert Monroy, American artist, inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Ricardo Monroy, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000 [3]
  • Antonio Monroy, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004, 2008 [3]
  • Rafael Monroy (b. 1915), Mexican martyr of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Jeysson Monroy Varela, Colombian boxer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Aitor Monroy Rueda (b. 1987), Spanish professional footballer
  • Ramiro Ponce Monroy, Vice President of Guatemala
  • Fernando Monroy (b. 1980), Colombian football defender
  • Crispin Castro Monroy (b. 1936), Mexican politician
  • Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy (1919-2004), Vice President of Ecuador


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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