Monroe Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Monroe:
Transferred use of the surname derived from the Gaelic elements moine (a morass, a marsh) and ruadh (red): hence, “dweller at the red morass.” Var: Monroe, Munroe.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Roey, Mo or Moe
My grandfather Monroe was called "Money"
- Meanings and history of the name Monroe
The Gaelic moine ('marsh' or 'mossy') + ruadh ('red,' 'ruddy' sometimes 'bloody') gives a likely place name as "red marsh" or "dweller (from the) red marsh." The only problem is that the Irish naming conventions do not include place names for individuals. Gaedlig (Scottish) names do, however.
The name is often attributed to the Clann Munro (Monro), whose etymology is also confusing. The clan actually originated as mercenary fighters in Ireland at the foot of the river Roe in Derry, rendering the Gaelic 'Rothach' or 'Man from Ro.' They were obliged to relocate in Scotland anciently, where most of their history is recorded, and the surname in Gaedlig is Mac an Rothaich.
The only problem is that the Gaelic word 'roth' means 'wheel,' rendering the English translation something like "Son of the place of the wheel" or something similar (I am not a native speaker).
Aside: A munro is Scotland is any mountain over 3,000 feet high.
- Famous real-life people named Monroe
Jackson Rathbone (Twilight, Senior Skip Day), goes by his middle name. His real first name is Monroe.
James Monroe, 5th president of the U.S.
- Monroe in song, story & screen
Monroe is a character on the tv show Grimm, he is a vegan blutbad and a clockmaker.