Our Family History

The Bodkin Family
Not directly related–For information only


Arms. Ermine, on a saltire, gules, a leopard's face, or. Crest. A leopard's face, or. Motto. Crom aboo.

The Bodkins of Galway, and the Earls of Desmond and Kildare, were descended from the common ancestor, Maurice Fitzgerald, Lord of Windsor, and one of the first invaders of Ireland, under Strongbow.(Richard de Clare "Strongbow" is the 25th Great-Grandfather of Glenn Cook and Maurice Firzgerald is the 26th Great-Grandfather of Glenn Cook) His son, Thomas FitzMaurice, (25th Great-Granduncle to Glenn Cook and Founder of the DESMOND LINE of the FITZGERALD FAMILY) ) 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, and Thomas, his son, was the ancestor of the Bodkin family. This family name originated, according to tradition, 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, and having, in the conflict, made use of a short spear or weapon, 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, which 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 a boo, they retain to this day.

James Hardiman's History of Galway

The Bodkin genealogies give us some important clues in tracing the Athy lineage. Hardiman's footnote "y", suggests a clue to 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 Bodkin.