Brodie

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Brodie
Family name
Clan member crest badge - Clan Brodie.svg
Meaning Unknown meaning, various theories.
Region of origin Brodie, Moray, Scotland. {Map}
Language(s) of origin Pictish or Gaelic
Related names Brodi, Brody, Broddy, Broadie, Broady, Brodye, Broddie, Bradie, Brady, Breaddie, Brothie, Brothy, Breadie, Briddie, Bridie, Bridye, Brodey, Bridy, Bryde, Brydie, Bodie, MacBrody, Brodie-Gazelle
Clan affiliations Clan Brodie
Footnotes: [1]

Brodie can be a given name or a surname. Of Scottish origin, and a location in Moray, Scotland, its meaning is uncertain; it is not clear if Brodie, as a word, has its origins in the Gaelic or Pictish languages. In 2012 this name was the 53rd most popular boys' name in Scotland.[2] The given name can be a male or female name, originating from the surname.[3]

Origin[edit]

Main article: Clan Brodie

The lands of Brodie {Map} are in Scotland, between Morayshire and Nairnshire, on the modern border that separates the Scottish Highlands and Moray. In the time of the Picts (pre 10th century), this location was at the heart of the Kingdom of Moravia.[4] Early references show that the Brodie lands to be governed by a Tòiseach, in Scottish Gaelic, Tòiseach translates as chieftain or clan chief, later to become Thane.[5] Part of the Brodie lands were originally Temple Lands, owned by the order of the Knights Templar.[6] It is uncertain if the Brodies took their name from the lands of Brodie, or that the lands were named after the clan.[7]

Meaning of the name[edit]

Early references to Brodie were written as Brochy, Brothy, Brothie, Brothu, Brode.[8][9] Various meanings to the name Brodie have been advanced, but given the Brodies uncertain origin, and the varying ways Brodie has been pronounced/written, these remain but suppositions. Some of the suggestions that have been advanced as to the meaning of the name Brodie are:

  • Gaelic for "a little ridge"; "a brow", or "a precipice";[10]
  • "ditch" or "mire", from the old Irish word broth;[11]
  • "muddy place", from the Gaelic word brothach;[12]
  • "a point", "a spot", or "level piece of land", from the Gaelic word Brodha;[13]
  • or originated from the Pict name Brude, Bruide or Bridei from the Pictish King name Bridei.[14][15][16]

People with the surname Brodie[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

People with the given name Brodie[edit]

Brodie
Gender Male or Female
Origin
Word/Name Pictish or Gaelic
Meaning Unknown meaning, various theories.
Region of origin Brodie, Moray, Scotland. {Map}

Fictional characters[edit]

Brodie coat of arms[edit]

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ electricscotland.com
  2. ^ "Brodie". Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (2006). Hardcastle, Kate, ed. Oxford Dictionary of Names (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. 
  4. ^ History of Nairnshire (1893), p.54, by Bain, George, F.S.A., Scotland
  5. ^ History of Nairnshire (1893), p.91-92, p.143, by Bain, George, F.S.A., Scotland [1]
  6. ^ History of Nairnshire (1893) p.134-135, by Bain, George, F.S.A., Scotland [2]
  7. ^ A History of Moray and Nairn (1897), by Charles Rampini, LL.D, p.258
  8. ^ Genealogy of the Thanes and Brodies of Brodie
  9. ^ The history of the Province of Moray : comprising the counties of Elgin and Nairn, the greater part of the County of Inverness and a portion of the County of Banff, all called the Province of Moray before there was a division into counties (1882), vol. ii, p.238 [3]
  10. ^ An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names; By William Arthur; p.82; Published by Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., 1857; Internet link
  11. ^ The history of the Province of Moray : comprising the counties of Elgin and Nairn, the greater part of the County of Inverness and a portion of the County of Banff, all called the Province of Moray before there was a division into counties (1882), vol. ii, p.248-249 [4]
  12. ^ Brodie Name Meaning and Origin Retrieved on 2008-02-07
  13. ^ The place names of Elginshire (1905), by Donald Matheson, p.119
  14. ^ Clans and Chiefs, p. 52, by Ian Grimble, Frederick Muller Ltd (8 December 1980), ISBN 0-85634-111-8, ISBN 978-0-85634-111-3
  15. ^ Brodie Country (1991), p.1, by James Brodie, Galloper press, ISBN 0-9536718-0-1
  16. ^ rampantscotland.com
  17. ^ Reference for Brodie arms: Heraldry-online, Brodie Arms, Officially Recorded in Scotland [5]