Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Broderick

Broderick is the anglicized transferred use of an Irish or Welsh surname with two different potential etymologies. From an Irish perspective, Broderick comes from the clan name Ó Bruadair (descendent of Bruadair). Bruadair is probably derived from an ancient Scandinavian masculine byname “Brodir” meaning “brother”. From a Welsh perspective, Broderick most likely developed as a surname from an old nickname Rhydderch meaning “reddish-brown” probably used in reference to someone’s hair color or complexion. The Welsh Rhydderch is also anglicized to the English Roderick. As a given name, Broderick is quite rare and used mainly in the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Broderick

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME BRODERICK

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME BRODERICK

Broderick’s first appearance on the American male naming charts occurred in 1956. This was most likely influenced by character actor and Academy Award winner Broderick Crawford (1911-1986). The name has disappeared and reappeared on the charts since that time never achieving anything beyond pretty low usage. Today Broderick can thank his placement on the chats to the ultra-trendy style of using surnames as first names in America. But out of all the surname choices available and in circulation today, Broderick is one of the lesser chosen. In other words, compared to Mason, Logan and Jackson, Broderick is a very original surname-turned-first-name. Perhaps a cute choice for a new baby “brother”.

Quick Facts

ON BRODERICK

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

998

PRONUNCIATION:

BRAHD-ə-rik

SIMPLE MEANING:

Brother; Reddish-brown

Characteristics

OF BRODERICK

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Broderick

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BRODERICK

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Broderick

Popular Songs

ON BRODERICK

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Broderick


Famous People

NAMED BRODERICK

Broderick Crawford (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED BRODERICK

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Broderick

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BRODERICK

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Broderick