The Clan/Sept History
Many variations of the name O Broder have evolved since the time of its initial
creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Bruadair, which is derived from Bruadar, a
common Norse forename. It is unclear as to whether or not the family is of Norse
origin. But it should be noted that many people named Bruader are recorded as
having lived in Ireland prior to the onset of the Danish invasions, including an
Irish prince of the Heremon line, from whom the family claims descent.
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not
standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under
several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the Origins of the O Broder family name include
Broderick, Brodrick, Brodrig, Brouderick and many more.
First found in Carlow, where they were seated from ancient times.
Irish Families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th
century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of
these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities,
and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or
North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish
immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often
in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to
settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held
greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out
to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St.
Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire
Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the
American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however,
occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early
immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the O Broder
name: John Brodrick who settled in Philadelphia in 1766; followed by Patrick,
Joseph, and John between 1840 and 1860. Edward, Henry, John, Joseph, Patrick
Broderick all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
Motto Translated: By spear a crown.
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