Munroe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Munroe was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The ancestors of the Munroe 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 Munroe family

The surname Munroe 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 Munroe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Munroe research. Another 419 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1230, 1476, 1651, 1505, 1680, 1602, 1693, 1697, 1729 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Munroe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Munroe Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Munroe has appeared Monroe, Monro, Monrow, Munroe, Munro, Munrow and many more.

Early Notables of the Munroe 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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United States Munroe migration to the United States +

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Munroe:

Munroe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Munroe (1625-1719), Scottish soldier captured at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 and transported to America aboard the ship John and Sarah, progenitor of the New England Munroes
Munroe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Munroe, who landed in Virginia in 1776 [1]
  • George Munroe, who landed in Virginia in 1776 [1]
  • Alexander Munroe, who settled in Maryland in 1793
  • Alexander Munroe, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1793 [1]
Munroe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Munroe, who landed in New York in 1807 [1]
  • Peter Munroe, aged 30, who arrived in North Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Robert Munroe, aged 60, who landed in North Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Daniel Munroe, aged 32, who arrived in North Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • William Munroe, who arrived in Virginia in 1830 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Munroe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Munroe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Donald Munroe, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Janet Munroe, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. John Munroe U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 39 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Munroe U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 88 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Master. John Munroe Jr., U.E. (b. 1783), aged 10 months born in the USA who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 21 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Munroe migration to Australia +

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

Munroe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Early Munroe a organist, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]
  • George Munroe, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Rosina Munroe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849 [5]
  • Rosina Munroe, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [5]
  • Catherine Munroe, aged 17, a milliner, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Munroe 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:

Munroe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jessie Munroe, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Kate Munroe, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Jane Munroe, aged 22, a dressmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Isabella Munroe, aged 17, a milliner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Maria Munroe, aged 15, a domestic servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849

Contemporary Notables of the name Munroe (post 1700) +

  • Lorne Munroe (1924-2020), Canadian principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1951 to 1964 and principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic from 1964 to 1996
  • Thomas Munroe, American politician, Postmaster at Washington, District of Columbia, 1799-1829 [7]
  • Robert D. V. Munroe, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 11th District, 1946 [7]
  • Oliver H. Munroe, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 7th District; Elected 1938 [7]
  • Norman E. B. Munroe, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Dunmore Town, 1898 [7]
  • Mark Munroe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008 [7]
  • Lucy Munroe, American Democrat politician, Speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1948 [7]
  • John P. Munroe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1904; Member of Massachusetts State Senate Second Worcester District, 1905 [7]
  • John Munroe, American politician, Postmaster at Annapolis, Maryland, 1811-17 [7]
  • Jasper Munroe, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Branford, 1838 [7]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Anderson Munroe, British 2nd Class Pantryman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]


  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) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ascendant.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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