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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


Broady is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Broady 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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The surname Broady was 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.

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Broady has been spelled Brodie, Brody, Brodey, Brodye, Broadie, Broffee, Broffy, Brophie, Brophey, Brothie, Brophy, Brodley, Brothy and many more.


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

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Some of the Broady 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Broady Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J. Broady arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

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  • Will Broady, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1928
  • Jefferson H. Broady, American politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1875; District Judge in Nebraska 1st District, 1884-92


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  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Broady Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Broady 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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