Brian History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Brian family

The surname Brian was first found in Brittany where this distinguished family held a family seat at Hélardière. Conjecturally they are descended from Brient de Bretagne who was Count of Brittany and Count of Vannes, whose younger brothers, the Counts Alain Le Noir, and Alain Le Roux, where the ancestors of the present British Royal Family.

Important Dates for the Brian family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brian research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1784, 1789, and 1822 are included under the topic Early Brian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brian Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Briand, Brian, Brien, Brient, Briant, Bryant, Bryand, Bryon, DeBriand, DesBriand, DeBriant, Debriant, Debriand, Desbriand, DeBrian and many more.

Early Notables of the Brian family (pre 1700)

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Brian migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brian Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Brian, who landed in Bermuda in 1609-1610 [1]
  • Robert Brian, aged 27, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Walter Brian, who arrived in Maryland in 1655 [1]
  • Margaret Brian, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [1]
Brian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Darby Brian, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [1]
  • Alain Brian, aged 22, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Timothy Brian, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Archibald Brian, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 [1]
  • Archd Brian, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 [1]
Brian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Brian, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Brian, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843 [1]
  • Edmund Brian, who arrived in Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • James Brian, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847 [1]
  • Catherine Brian, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brian migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brian Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Brian, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Eleanor Brian, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827

Brian migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brian Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Brian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 [2]
  • Judy Brian, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin" [3]
  • Mary Brian, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Richard Desborough Brian, aged 38, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [4]
  • John Brian, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brian (post 1700)

  • Frank Sands Brian (1923-2017), American professional basketball player
  • Walter Leslie Brian (1918-2004), nicknamed "Salty Brine", an American well-known broadcaster in Rhode Island
  • Morgan Paige Brian (b. 1993), American soccer player for the Houston Dash
  • Mary Brian (1906-2002), born Louise Byrdie Dantzler, an American actress and movie star, nicknamed "The Sweetest Girl in Pictures," awarded a Star on the Walk of Fame
  • Donald Brian (1877-1948), Newfoundland actor, Broadway dancer and singer who taught Frank Sinatra to dance and entertained American troops in England with Bob Hope
  • Denis Brian (b. 1923), Welsh journalist and author, best known for his 1996 biography Einstein: a life
  • Havergal Brian (1876-1972), born William Brian, an English composer and writer
  • Mr. Gerald Brian Guest M.B.E.,, British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Local Government in Warwickshire [5]
  • Mr. John Brian Pickett L.V.O., M.V.O.,, British Chief Executive for The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (Australia), was appointed the Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order on 8th June 2018 [6]
  • Mr. Michael Brian Driver C.B.,, British Chief Financial Officer for Ministry of Justice and Head of Government Finance for the HM Treasury, was appointed Companion of the Order of Bath on 8th June 2018, for public service [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1857.shtml
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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