Surname: Originally "Brodrück," but could also include variants such as "Brodtrück", "Brodtrückin", "Brodtreuck", "Brodrik", "Broodrijk", "Brodreich". In South Africa the surname was changed during the 1st generation to "Broodryk".
According to the "Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope" the records show the following;-
Brotrick (Jan Christoff el) ; of Swartsluijs; arrived in 1751 as soldier in " Het Slot van Capelle " ; made smith the same year (14. Asks for burgher papers. (1756, No. 15 and 28.)
The above-mentioned city Swartsluijs, is in Overijssel, Nederland ..... a bit of difference from other records that refer to Schwarzburg, Thüringen or even the next possible city, 'Schwarzenberg, Sachsen'.
Potential Surname Origins (Germany) :
Brodtrück/Brodrück:- originated from the people (more specifically - pirates) that kept demanding / calling (german: überfiehlt) for the "back of bread", which incidentally is flour. As time went past, it was changed to "Brodrück.