Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruic
‘descendant of Broc
’, i.e. ‘Badger’ (sometimes so translated) or Ó Bric
‘descendant of Breac
’, a personal name meaning ‘freckled’.
In English, possibly a nickname from Old English br¯ce
German topographic name for someone who lived in a swampy wood, brick
‘swamp’, ‘wood’. Also, an altered spelling of German Brück
). In some cases it may be an altered spelling of Slovenian Bric
, regional name for someone from the hilly region of western Slovenia called Brda, a plural form of brdo
Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Yiddish brik
‘bridge’, probably a topographic name.