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Where did the Irish Branham family come from? What is the Irish Branham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Branham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Branham family history?Many variations of the name Branham have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as "O Braondin," from the word "braon," which has several meanings, possibly meaning "sorrow" in this case.
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Branham were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Brennan, McBrennan, Brannon, Brannan, Brannen, Brannin, Brennyn, Brannyn, MacBrennan, Brenan, Branon, Branan, Branen and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branham research. Another 361 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1172, 1395, 1520, 1600, 1625, 1693, 1768, 1794, 1830, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Branham History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 58 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Branham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Branham family relocated to North American shores quite early:
Branham Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Branham Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Branham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Branham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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