While some families of this name may be descendants of settlers with the Welsh patronymic surname Broderick (Ap-Roderick) there is evidence that most Irish families are descended from O'Bruadair septs, once established in County Cork, County Kilkenny and County Galway, the anglicized form of their name, Broder having undergone a further curious anglicization in being changed to Broderick, now much more common than Broder, and more widespread. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. It has been suggested that this family could be of Norse origin, but the name was also recorded in Ireland before the Viking invasions. At the beginning of this century families were found mostly in County Kerry and County Limerick, presumably descendants of the O'Bruardair sept, anciently situated in the Barony of Barrymore, County Cork. The name is used interchangeably with Broder and Brothers. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings.
Early records of the name mention Thomas Brodrip, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1581, and Charles, son of William Broderip was baptised at Canterbury Cathedral in the year 1748.
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