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Many variations of the name Brennan 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.

Brennan Early Origins



The surname Brennan was first found in County Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where the family claim descent from Braonan, an Irish Prince, brother of Ceallach, 17th King of Ossory. Braonan later became the King of Ossory, and also King of the Danes of Dublin, and was known as the Prince of Idough. His son, Conglach, in a dispute over the throne of Ossory, was killed near Three Castles, County Kilkenny. At this point in time the Brennans were in conflict with Brian Boru (1014), and most historians believe that the family was on the wrong side as allies of the Danish King. After Clontarf, they retained only the principality of Idough, but Anne, daughter of Guidhelgedh, three generations later, married the King of Ossory (Donogh), and the title was still extant even after the Anglo Norman invasion of 1172.

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Brennan Spelling Variations


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Brennan Spelling Variations



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 Brennan family name. Variations found include Brennan, McBrennan, Brannon, Brannan, Brannen, Brannin, Brennyn, Brannyn, MacBrennan, Brenan, Branon, Branan, Branen and many more.

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Brennan Early History


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Brennan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brennan research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1520, 1600, 1832, 1625, 1693, 1768, 1830 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Brennan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brennan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brennan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Sir Art O'Brennan of Castlecomer Castle; Most Rev. John Brennan (1625-1693), Bishop of Waterford and Archbishop of Cashel; John Brennan (1768-1830)...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brennan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Brennan:

Brennan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Brennan, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Potomac in 1731
  • David Brennan, who arrived in Maryland in 1774

Brennan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Brennan, who arrived on a ship at New York in 1810 at age 27
  • Bernard Brennan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Margaret Brennan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Unity Brennan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Bridget Brennan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brennan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Laurence Brennan, on record as a laborer in St. John's Newfoundland in 1779
  • Mr. William Brennan U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Michael Brennan, a fisherman in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1794

Brennan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Brennan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • Edward Brennan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Patrick Brennan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Patrick Brennan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • Patrick Brennan, who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brennan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Brennan, Irish convict from Dublin, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Brennan arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • John Brennan arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • James Brennan arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • Mary Brennan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brennan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Brennan, aged 22, a tailor, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Mary Brennan, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Ellen Brennan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Thomas Brennan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Joseph Brennan, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brennan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brennan (post 1700)



  • Walter Andrew Brennan (1894-1974), American actor, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor three times, acting in more than 230 film and television roles
  • Thomas Ernest "Tom" Brennan (1922-2003), American professional ice hockey right winger
  • Thomas Francis Brennan (1855-1916), American Catholic bishop, 1st Catholic bishop of Dallas 18911893
  • Michael F. Brennan, American politician, 87th Mayor of Portland, Maine
  • Neal Brennan (b. 1974), American three-time Primetime Emmy nominated writer, stand-up comedian, actor, director and producer, best known for co-creating and co-writing the Comedy Central series
  • William Raymond Brennan (b. 1963), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Thomas Martin "Tom" Brennan (b. 1952), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Kathleen Patricia Brennan, American musician, songwriter, record producer and artist
  • John Owen Brennan (b. 1955), American Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, former chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama
  • William Joseph Brennan Jr. (1906-1997), American jurist, a Supreme Court justice from 1956-1990 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Brennan Historic Events


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Brennan Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Robert Henry Brennan, British Junior 2nd Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Brennan, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Ernest Norman Brennan (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Granville, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Brennan, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Patrick Brennan, Irish Greaser from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Brennan, English Trimmer from Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Brennan


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Suggested Readings for the name Brennan



  • A History of the Brennans of Idough, County Kilkenny by Thomas A. Brennan.
  • I Thank God for All My Memories by Mary Zacchaeus Ryan.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  11. ...

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