Munro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Munro 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 Munro family

The surname Munro 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.

Important Dates for the Munro family

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Munro 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, Munro has been spelled Monroe, Monro, Monrow, Munroe, Munro, Munrow and many more.

Early Notables of the Munro 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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Munro 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 Munro:

Munro Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Munro, who settled in Georgia in 1741
  • Henry Munro, who arrived in New York in 1757 [1]
  • Harry Munro, who landed in New York in 1765 [1]
  • David Munro, who landed in New York in 1774 [1]
  • Florence Munro, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1774 [1]
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Munro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Munro, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1800 [1]
  • Catharine Munro, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [1]
  • Charley Munro, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • Jane Munro, who arrived in Iowa in 1872 [1]

Munro migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Munro Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Munro U.E., (Munroe) (b. 1738) born in Scotland from Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, USA who settled in Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia c. 1783 married to Mary Boyle having 4 children, he died in 1806 [2]
  • Mr. Daniel Munro U.E. who settled in Mallorytown, Front of Yonge, Ontario c. 1784 married having 5 children [2]
  • Mr. Alexander Munro U.E. (b. 1754) who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1828 [2]
  • Capt. John Munro U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Hugh Munro U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
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Munro Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Munro, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • James Munro, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • Alexander Munro, aged 30, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Peter Munro, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Allen Munro, who landed in Canada in 1831
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Munro migration to Australia

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

Munro Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Munro, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]
  • James Munro, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839 [4]
  • Harriet Munro, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839 [4]
  • Elizabeth Munro, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839 [4]
  • Thomas Munro, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839 [4]
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Munro 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:

Munro Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Munro, aged 37, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Elisabeth Munro, aged 35, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Ellen Munro, aged 13, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Munro, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Daniel Munro, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Munro (post 1700)

  • William D. Munro, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 17th District, 1974 [5]
  • William Albert Munro, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cornwall, 1917 [5]
  • William Munro, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1815-16 [5]
  • W. A. Munro, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1932 [5]
  • Ralph Munro, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 2008 [5]
  • Peter J. Munro, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County, 1814-15 [5]
  • Lawrence V. Munro, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 14th District, 1962 [5]
  • James M. Munro, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1854-55, 1863 [5]
  • James Munro, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1948 [5]
  • Herbert E. Munro, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1936 [5]
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Munro family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Ross Munro (1945-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Otorohanga, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [6]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Ellen  Munro (1842-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Master Hugh  Munro (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Miss Thelma  Munro (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mrs. Margaret  Munro, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mr. James  Munro (1872-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • ... (Another 6 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Thomas Robert Douglas Munro, British Lieutenant Engineer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Munro (d. 1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  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) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUPERB 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Superb.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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