The Munneray family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. It is a name for someone who 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 Munneray family
The surname Munneray 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 Munneray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Munneray 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 Munneray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Munneray 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, Munneray has been spelled Monroe, Monro, Monrow, Munroe, Munro, Munrow and many more.
Early Notables of the Munneray 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 Munneray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Munneray family to the New World and Oceana
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 Munneray: 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.