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Where did the Irish Branigan family come from? What is the Irish Branigan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Branigan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Branigan family history?The original Gaelic form of Branigan was O Branagain, derived from bran, which means raven.
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Branigan are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Branagan, Branigan, Brangan, Brangen, Branghan, Branikan, Brankin, Brannagan, Brannahan, Brannaghan, Brannaghin, Brannigan, Braendigan, Brandigan, O'Branagan and many more.
First found in the counties of Armagh and Monaghan, and were a part of the Cenel Eoghain (Clann Owen) one of the important septs (clanns) who are descended from Eoghan (Owen) son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, perhaps the greatest of all Irish General Kings whose history makes King Arthur's romances pale.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branigan research. Another 369 words(26 lines of text) covering the year 1610 is included under the topic Early Branigan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Branigan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Branigan or a variant listed above:
Branigan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Branigan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Branigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Branigan 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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