The origins of the Brolly name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Brolly was originally derived from a family having lived in Lincolnshire
, where they held estates in the village and parish of Bradley,
and from which they derived their family name. The name refers to the local
"broad ley" meaning "broad meadow" and for this there are many, many parishes, townships, hamlets with this name throughout England
. However, the first record of the name appears in the Poll Tax
Records of Lincolnshire
where William de Bradelai was listed in 1170.
Early Origins of the Brolly family
The surname Brolly was first found in Lincolnshire
. However, there are at least fifteen parishes and towns that have "Bradley" as part of their name throughout Britain. Most are very small, but three of them date back to the Domesday Book
of 1086: Bradley, Derbyshire
(Braidelei); Bradley, Maiden Wiltshire
(Bradelie) and Bradley in the Moors
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
A reference to the family in the township of Wilpshire in Lancashire
was also found. "This place appears to have been the property of the Braddylls, and of the monks of Whalley." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Brolly family
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Brolly Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Brolly include Bradley, Bradlie, Bradleigh, Bradly, Bradeley and others.
Early Notables of the Brolly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brolly family to Ireland
Some of the Brolly family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brolly family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Brolly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Lizzie Brolly, aged 2, who arrived in America from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1898
- Maggie Brolly, aged 0, who arrived in America from Londonderry, in 1898
- Rose Brolly, aged 26, who arrived in America from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1898
- Sarah Brolly, aged 3, who arrived in America from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1898
Brolly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Elizabeth J. Brolly, aged 22, who arrived in America from Derry, Ireland, in 1900
- Catherine Brolly, aged 21, who arrived in America from Derry, Ireland, in 1904
- Thomas Brolly, aged 30, who arrived in America from Derry, Ireland, in 1905
- Peter Brolly, aged 27, who arrived in America from Ballindraite, Ireland, in 1907
- Martha Brolly, aged 25, who arrived in America from Derry, Ireland, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Brolly (post 1700)
- Brian Brolly (1936-2006), English showbusiness entrepreneur, managing director of Paul and Linda McCartney's MPL Communications, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatre Company
- Anne Brolly, Irish Sinn Féin politician, Mayor of Limavady (2003-2004)
- Shane R. Brolly (b. 1970), Irish actor, best known for his role as Kraven in Underworld
- Francis "Francie" Brolly, Irish musician, retired teacher and politician from Dungiven, Northern Ireland, MLA for Londonderry, East (2003-2010)
- Joe Brolly (b. 1969), Irish barrister, Gaelic football analyst and former player
- Michael Joseph Brolly (b. 1954), Scottish former professional footballer who played from 1971 to 1985
The Brolly Motto
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: Vigilance et audax
Motto Translation: Vigilant and bold.