BRODERICK Family Crests & History

Broderick Crest from the Clare County Library Website:

Broudin, Brodin, Broderick, Ó Bruadair from Clare Library

Per pale gules and sable, on a fess between three griffins'
heads erased or as many lozenges ermines.
Crest: A demi-greyhound sable holding in the paws
a dart gules feathered argent.
GLOSSARY:  an Heraldic Glossary

A Coat of Arms granted to the Broderick family is a shield divided per pale red and black, on a fess between three gold griffins' heads as many lozenges ermines. A black demi-greyhound holding in the paws a red dart feathered silver, is on the Crest. The motto "A cuspide corono", translates as "By a spear a crown".

Which crest is Ours?

The coat of arms that my Dad showed me could have been any of these shown below which are very similar to each other (and excluding the green Middleton crest). Note that the first one is shown is the shield only, without its helmet and mantel that drapes across the top. ~Beth

Crests shown below are various Broderick crests found online. We are not sure if someone has made up these designs recently (in this digital age) or if these designs span centuries. Our actual crest may be a slight variation. ~Jeanne

Note the last green crest is the Brodrick Viscount Middleton Family Crest       Broderick Viscount Middleton Family Crest Coat of Arms

History of the name BRODERICK Source

This interesting surname of Irish origin is derived from the Gaelic O' Bruadair, "descendant of Bruadar", from an old Norse forename. Several distinct septs of O' Bruadair existed in early medieval times of which two may be mentioned here since their descendants are still found in or near their original territory. One was located in County Cork, in the barony of Barrymore, to which the poet David O' Bruadair belonged. It was presumably a branch of this sept which settled as a Munster family in Iiverk (Ossory) in Ireland, where they were well established in the 17th Century. In county Limerick, where the name is now quite numerous, they are registered as Brouder and Broderick in about equal numbers. The other sept belonged to County Galway, the most famous of whom was Fr. Anthony O' Bruadair, the martyr. The best known of all the Broderick families in Ireland is that of which Lord Midleton is the head. The first of these to come to Ireland was an Englishman, Sir Alan Broderick, who was appointed Surveyor General of Ireland 1660.

First Recorded Spelling

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Cristopher Broderick, married Anne Joones, which was dated 1561, Christchurch, Greyfriars, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Lord Middleton was a BRODRICK not a Broderick
according to Karl William St John Brodrick

Broderick Viscount Middleton Family Crest Coat of Arms
Lord middleton was a BRODRICK not a Broderick. And the coat of arms is two bloody (bloodied)spear heads, which appear on the Cork coat of arms. The motto is "VIUUNT POST FUNERA" which translates into "Life after Death" or "will live on after death" as in name or heroic deeds. The alternative myth is that the two blooded spears signify Teeth and the motto suggests Vampirism. Brodrick does not derive from O' Bruadair either it predates it and derives from ; Georgius de Brodricke 1027 Knight (and poss bastard child) of William The Conqueror I'm researching currently whether the name is locational ie OF Brodrick or as in Son of. The family held the title of Earl of Middleton and the line of Viscounts still survives.

Broderick Coat of Arms

O' before a name

You may want to note that in Ireland, the O that they used in front of their names means grandson of or descendant of - either one, but does not ever mean "son of ". The original name of Broderick or before it was anglicized was O'Bruadair.

Famous Brodericks

An interesting find was an O'Bruadair, born in Cork, who after his death became famous for his poetry on Wikipedia Dáibhí Ó Bruadair ~Beth

The parish priest of this church might know if the poet had any offspring. Scroll down this page ~Anne

Another figure of high regard was the poet Daibhi Ó Brudair (1625-1690), whose forceful verse vividly conveys the hardships endured by the native Irish during this time. A fine exponent of Irish verse who wrote elegies, religious poems and recorded with sorrow much of what he witnessed in the break-up of the great Gaelic families who once esteemed poetry and learning: "After those poets for whom art and knowledge were wealth Alas to have lived to see this fate befall us." He bitterly resented the profound changes in the social scene brought about by the enforced transfer of land and property during the end of the 17th century: "One single foot of land there is not left to us Not what one may make his bed on." Perhaps his greatest criticism is directed against the uncouth behaviour of new arrivals in the countryside of his people; "O its best to be a total boor, though its bad to be boor at all If I am to go out and about among these stupid people." Ó Bruadair's "Summary of Ireland's Purgatory" reveals all the ills brought about by the events of the years 1640 to 1684.