Broggy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Broggy originally appeared in Gaelic as O Brogain. Broccán Clóen (Saint Brogan) was an Irish cleric who lived in the sixth or seventh century. Various spellings were used to denote him including: Brogan, Broccan, Bracan, Bearchan and Bearchanus. Saint Broccán of Rosstuirc (of 17 September), is believed to be the author of the hymn to Saint Brigid. He was possibly the nephew of Saint Patrick. Some people believe that were in fact more than one Saint Brogan.

Early Origins of the Broggy family

The surname Broggy 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. [1]

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."

Brocan was a younger brother of Lughaidh, ancestor of O'Duana, anglicized Downs, Duane, Devan and Dwaine was the progenitor of the family. Brocan, a quo O'Brocain, or Brogan in English, literally meant "little badger." [2]

As is often the case, Gaelic translations into English can have multiple meanings.

Early History of the Broggy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broggy research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broggy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broggy Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Broggy were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Brogan, Brogin, Brogon, O'Brogan, Brogen, Brochain and many more.

Early Notables of the Broggy family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Broggy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Broggy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Broggy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Broggy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [3]


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm


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