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The name Brick is now very rare except in Co. Kerry. All Brick births on record in 1864, 1865 and 1890 were in Kerry. The sept of Ó Bruic is not originnally from Co. Kerry, it was first located in Thomond. The name is derived from the Irish word broc meaning a badger. Badger has been sometimes used as an anglicized form of Ó Bruic and persons so called in Ireland are in nearly all cases actually O'Bricks.
Another sept of a similar but philologically different Irish name, usually written Bric but occasionally Ó Bruic, was in the mediaeval period, at least up to 1300, of great importance and distinction. Ó Bric is described in the Book of Rights as one of the chief septs of the Co.Waterford. in the Annals of Loch Cé two Ó Bric warriors, slain in 1103, are described as "royal heirs of the Decies." In 1203 O'Brick of the Decies was admitted to extensive knightly tenure by King John, 50 years later the family were deprived of this by English influence; they held out against the Nonrman conquerors for almost a , until overcome by the Powers of that area. In many cases great Gaelic-Irish families dispossessed by the Norman invaders remained in a sub-ordinate position in their old homeland: these O'Bricks despite their prolonged resistance appear to have died out soon after they were eventually subdued.