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Where did the Irish Brassil family come from? What is the Irish Brassil family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brassil family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brassil family history?

Many variations of the name Brassil have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Breasail, possibly from the word bres, which means strife.

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Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Brassil family name. Variations found include Brassil, Brassell, Brassilagh, Breasal, Brazil, Brazell, Braslan and many more.

First found in County Armagh (Irish: Ard Mhacha) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. They were descended from Fiachrach Casan, the progenitor of the Clann Brassil, he was the son of King Colla da Crioch, one of Ireland's greatest kings, who was banished to the Hebrides in 327 A.D. after losing his fight for the High Kingship for all Ireland. Colla da Crioch returned to Ireland in 357.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brassil research. Another 288 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brassil History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Brassil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Brassil:

Brassil Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mariah Brassil, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • John Brassil, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Bally Longford, in 1897

Brassil Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Bridget Brassil, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Corofin, in 1901
  • Maggie Brassil, aged 20, who settled in America from Listowel, Ireland, in 1906
  • John Brassil, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Daniel S. Brassil, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Malacky Brassil, aged 21, who landed in America from Ballylongford, Ireland, in 1910


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  • Chad E. Brassil, American professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • John Brassil, Irish politician, Member of the Fianna Fail Republican Party, Member of Kerry County Council (1999-)
  • Tara Brassil, British Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University


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The Brassil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brassil 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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