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

The chronicles of the Brodie family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Brodie family lived in the lands of Brodie, in the barony of Moray where the family at one time held territories. King Alexander III had granted their lands. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Gaelic word broth which means ditch.

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When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Brodie has been written Brodie, Brody, Brodey, Brodye, Broadie, Broffee, Broffy, Brophie, Brophey, Brothie, Brophy, Brodley, Brothy and many more.

First found in Moray, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brodie research. Another 293 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1386, 1466, 1550 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Brodie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brodie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Brodie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Brodie:

Brodie Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Brodie with wife and six children arrived in New York in 1775
  • Robert Brodie, who arrived in New York in 1775
  • John Brodie, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1799

Brodie Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Brodie who arrived in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Edward Brodie arrived in Philadelphia in 1813
  • William Brodie, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • James Brodie, who landed in New York in 1821
  • John, Brodie Jr., who landed in New York, NY in 1831


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  • Alexander Oswald Brodie (1849-1918), American Governor of Arizona Territory from 1902 to 1905
  • Fawn McKay Brodie (1915-1981), American biographer and professor of history at UCLA
  • H. Keith Brodie (b. 1939), American psychiatrist, educator, and president emeritus of Duke University
  • John Riley Brodie (b. 1935), American former NFL football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and Senior PGA Tour professional golfer
  • Steve Brodie (1919-1992), born John Stevenson, an American stage, film, and television actor, he took his screen name from Steve Brodie, the daredevil
  • Steve Brodie (1861-1901), American daredevil from New York City who claimed to have jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and survived on July 23, 1886, eponym of the terms "taking a Brodie" and "Brodie"
  • Walter Scott "Steve" Brodie (1868-1935), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1890 through 1902
  • Philip Hope Brodie (b. 1950), Scottish lawyer and one of the Senators of the College of Justice
  • Walter Lorrain Brodie (1885-1918), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • David "Davy" Brodie (1863-1938), Scottish footballer

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Brodie
Breeddie, Briddie, Bride, Bridie, Bridy, Britie, Brittie, Britty, Brittye, Brity, Britye, Broadie, Broady, Broadye, Broddey, Broddie, Broddy, Broddye, Brodeie, Brodey, Brodeye, Brodie, Brodley, Brody, Brodye, Broffee, Broffy, Brophey, Brophie, Brophy, Brothaigh, Brothie, Brothy, Brottie, Brotty, Bryde, Brydie, MacBrodie, Macbrody, McBrodie, McBrody and more.

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The Brodie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brodie 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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