This surname McBROOM is of Scottish and Irish origin, the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac an BHREITHEAMHAN (the son of the judge). The name has numerous variant spellings which include BRAINE, BRAYNE, BROHOON, McBRAYNE, McBROHOON, McVREHOUNE, McEBREHOWNE and McABRAHAMS. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. Early records of the name include Andro McBROME, who was the burgess of Kirkcudbright, and was charged with intromitting with pirates in the year 1576. (This meant intermeddling with goods which belonged to one deceased or with the goods of a living party). Joannes Mc BROMIUS appears in 1655, and Margaret McBROOME was recorded in the parish of Stonykirk in the year 1684. Many Highland families migrated from Scotland to Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries, and were granted the lands of the native Catholic Irish. People heard of the attractions of the New World, and many left Ireland to seek a better life sailing aboard the fleet of ships known as the 'White Sails', but much illness took its toll with the overcrowding of the ships which were pestilence ridden. From the port of entry many settlers made their way west, joining the wagons to the prairies, and many loyalists went to Canada about the year 1790, and became known as the United Empire Loyalists. 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.
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