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Origin of the Name Broderick

The origin of the name Broderick was found in the 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 Broderick include Boderick, Browder, Brothers and Broder. These names are of Viking Irish origin. The original form of these names was Bruadair and they are on record in Ireland since before the Viking invasions began. Several distinct septs existed in early mediaeval times of which two may be mentioned. One was located in County Cork in the Barony of Barrymore to which David O'Bruadair the poet belonged. It was a branch of these that settled in Iverk in County Kilkenny where they became established by the seventeenth century. The other belonged to County Galway, the most famous of whom was Fr. Anthony O'Bruadair OSF, the martyr. It is here that the two townlands called Ballybroder can be found. The best known of all the Broderick families in Ireland is that of which Lord Middleton is head. The Gaelic forms of the name, O'Bruadair and Mac Bruadair, acquired the forms Broderick and Brothers, among other variants.
The Broderick 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 Broderick descendants.
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