Arms. Ermine, on a saltire,
gules, a leopard's face.
Crest. A leopard's
Motto. Gom aboo.
The Bodkins of Galway, and the Earls of Desmond and Kildare,
were descended from the common ancestor, Maurice Fitzgerald,
Lord of Windsor. Maurice was one of the first invaders of Ireland,
His son, Thomas FitzMaurice, acquired ample possessions in
Munster, where his descendants became Earls of Desmond.
Richard, the son of Thomas, about the year 1242,
held considerable properties in Connaught, under
Richard de Burgo. Thomas, his son, was the ancestor of the Bodkin
family. This family name originated
from a victory gained by their great progenitor, Thomas Fitz
Richard (about the year 1300,) over a valiant Irish knight,
whom he encountered in single combat. Having made use of a short spear, in Irish
called, a Baudekin, he was, from that circumstance,
surnamed, Buaidh Baudekin, of the victory of the Bodkin,
which name was afterwards retained by his descendants.
Whatever doubt may attend this traditionary relation, none
can exist as to the origin and descent of the family. They
are fully ascertained by the testimony of antiquaries, by
ancient stone sculptures and monuments, still remaining, and
from the genealogies of the Geraldines, whose arms the
Bodkin family bore for many generations, and whose motto,
Crom aboo, they retain to this day.
Henry Bodkin, the
son of Thomas, was Clericus ville in the reign of Richard
II. at which time, there was a street or lane in Galway,
called Baudekyn's Lane. They owned large
properties in and about the town, particularly at
Newcastle area, near the river; and at Athenry, Toherskehine, Ballynameathagh, Kilcornan and Parke.
present the principal families of the name, are those of Annagh, Carrowbeg, Castletown, Kilcloony and Thomastown. The Bodkin genealogies give
us some important clues in tracing the
The origins of the Athy's and
the old Bodkin genealogy indicates that Francis Athy of
Galway had a daughter, Susannah Athy, who married Patrick