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

Many variations of the name Broderick have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Bruadair, which is derived from Bruadar, a common Norse forename. It is unclear as to whether or not the family is of Norse origin. But it should be noted that many people named Bruader are recorded as having lived in Ireland prior to the onset of the Danish invasions, including an Irish prince of the Heremon line, from whom the family claims descent.

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The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Broderick revealed spelling variations, including Broderick, Brodrick, Brodrig, Brouderick and many more.

First found in Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, where they were descended from the Ryans, Lords of Idrone, more specifically from Bruader or Bruadaran an Irish Prince of the Heremon line. His name was derived from the Irish "bruadair" which means "a dream." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broderick research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1627, 1711, 1692, 1693, 1695, 1699, 1654, 1730, 1692, 1693, 1703, 1713, 1656 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Broderick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broderick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Broderick:

Broderick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Nich Broderick, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Broderick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Broderick, who arrived in New England in 1708

Broderick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • David Broderick, aged 20, landed in America in 1822
  • Edward, Henry, John, Joseph, Patrick Broderick all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Martin Broderick, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843
  • Mr. Broderick, aged 20, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • Briget Broderick, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854


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  • Beth Broderick (b. 1959), American actress and director
  • Carlfred Broderick (1932-1999), American psychologist and author
  • David C. Broderick (1820-1859), American senator and anti-slavery advocate
  • Helen Broderick (1891-1959), American actress who started as a chorus girl in Ziegfeld's "Follies of 1907", mother of Broderick Crawford
  • Lorraine Broderick (b. 1948), American four-time Daytime Emmy Award winning soap opera writer
  • Matthew Broderick (b. 1962), American actor, best known for his role in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
  • John Broderick (1924-1989), Irish novelist
  • Damien Broderick (b. 1944), Australian science fiction and popular science writer, credited with the term "virtual reality"
  • D'Arcy Broderick, Canadian musician from Bay de Verde, Newfoundland, former member of The Irish Descendants
  • John Broderick (1865-1939), Illinois state senator

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: A cuspide corona
Motto Translation: By spear a crown.

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  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  7. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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The Broderick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Broderick 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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