This name STRONOCH is an epithet surname from the Gaelic SRONACH 'nosey', but from what special features of that organ that the name is derived seems impossible in our day to determine. The surname appears to be mainly confined to Aberdeenshire. Duncan Stronoch witnessed a charter in 1447, and James Stronach was chaplain at Kilrawok in 1524. Andro Stronoch was resident at Dippill in 1574, and John Stronoche was the tenant of the marquis of Huntlie and appears in 1586. Scottish surnames fall into two quite distinct groups; those of Gaelic origin and those of English origin. The Gaelic language was brought to Scotland from Ireland around the 5th century AD, displacing the British language (an early form of Welsh) previously spoken there as well as elsewhere. Gaelic was the main language of that part of Scotland not subject to English influence, a rather more extensive area than the present day Highlands and Islands, where Gaelic is still spoken in places. It is from these northwestern and western area of Scotland that surnames of Gaelic origin, now almost universally Anglicized in form, have been disseminated around the world. Later instances of the name mention Agnes Stronach in Kingsgate in 1688, and seven more are recorded in the Commissariot Record of Moray in that year. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Glasgow in 1867. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnaminity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.
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