Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Brocken originally appeared in Gaelic as O Brogain. The origin and meaning of the name is uncertain.
Early Origins of the Brocken family
The surname Brocken was first found in counties Mayo and Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, in north Connacht
where they had been a part of the ancient Ui Fiachrach since before recorded history. They were of the Ui Fiachrach Muaidhe, or northern branch, descended from a chieftain
, O'Brogain, which, translated literally, means descendant "of the young sorrowful one," but claiming general descent through the Heremon
line of Irish Kings. Saint Brogan was an Irish saint who lived in the 6th or 7th century. He was possibly the nephew of Saint Patrick. Some people believe that were in fact more than one Saint Brogan.
Early History of the Brocken family
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Brocken Spelling Variations
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations
for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Brocken were encountered in the archives: Brogan, Brogin, Brogon, O'Brogan, Brogen, Brochain and many more.
Early Notables of the Brocken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brocken family to the New World and Oceana
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 Brocken name: Thomas Brogan, who came to Pennsylvania in 1773; Patrick Brogan, who came to New York, NY in 1815; William Brogan, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1818.
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