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Where did the Irish Brick family come from? What is the Irish Brick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brick family history?

The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Brick is O Bruic, from the word broc, which means badger.

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Many spelling variations of the surname Brick can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Brick, O'Brick, Bricke, Bricks, O'Bric, O'Bruik, Bruic and many more.

First found in Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brick research. Another 313 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 184 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Brick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Brick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Brick name:

Brick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Brick who settled in Virginia in 1638

Brick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Maria Elizabeth Brick, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Richard Brick in Maryland in 1716
  • Martin Brick, aged 29, landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Brick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Rosine Brick, aged 56, landed in New York in 1854
  • Isaac Brick, who arrived in Alabama in 1855
  • P L Brick, who arrived in Iowa in 1882

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  • Scott Brick (b. 1966), American actor, writer and a prolific, award-winning narrator
  • Richard Brick (b. 1945), American film producer professor of film at Columbia University
  • Abraham Lincoln Brick (1860-1908), U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • Ian Brick, Irish former hurler from Kerry
  • Thomas Allan Brick, Canadian politician and farmer, member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (1905-)
  • Andy Brick, contemporary composer and conductor
  • Max Brick (b. 1992), English diver


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  1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
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The Brick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brick Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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