Origin of the Name Mulroy
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Mulroy
include Milroy, Munroe, Mullery, Mulry and Mulloy. This name in Irish is O'Maolruaidh and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This name is derived from Gaelic words that mean 'red chief'. This sept came from Counties Mayo, with the name also associated with County Longford.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
An early record lists the name Mulroy in the Census of 1659 as one of the principal Irish names in the South of Roscommon. Gilchrist O'Moylery is recorded as being one of the men who followed Rory O'Donnell to Mayo in the year 1603. In the Fiants of the sixteenth century other similar variants like McMelery and McMulmory are recorded, these relating to parts of the country remote from the original homeland.
The Mulroy coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mulroy descendants.