Brannum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Brannum was O Branagain, derived from bran, which means raven.

Early Origins of the Brannum family

The surname Brannum was first found in the counties of Armagh and Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, 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.

Early History of the Brannum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brannum research. Another 52 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1610 is included under the topic Early Brannum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brannum Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Brannum dating from that time include Branagan, Branigan, Brangan, Brangen, Branghan, Branikan, Brankin, Brannagan, Brannahan, Brannaghan, Brannaghin, Brannigan, Braendigan, Brandigan, O'Branagan and many more.

Early Notables of the Brannum family (pre 1700)

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Brannum migration to the United States

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 Brannum family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Brannum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Williain S. Brannum, aged 44, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Emmy Brannum, aged 35, who arrived in America from Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1913
  • James H. Brannum, aged 29, who arrived in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1913
  • Julia A. Brannum, aged 25, who arrived in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1913
  • William S. Brannum, aged 60, who arrived in Chicago, Illinois, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Brannum (post 1700)

  • Robert Warren "Bob" Brannum (1925-2005), American NBA basketball player who played from 1948 to 1955
  • Hugh Brannum (1910-1987), American vocalist, arranger, composer and actor best known for his role as "Mr. Green Jeans" on the children's television show Captain Kangaroo (1955-1984)
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