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The old Gaelic name used by the Bryan family in Ireland was O Briain, which means descendant of Brian.

Bryan Early Origins



The surname Bryan was first found in Thomond, a territory comprised of most of County Clare with adjacent parts of counties Limerick and Tipperary. Prior to the 10th century, the sept was a Dalcassian Clan known as the Ui Toirdealbhaigh and achieved prominence with the rise of their eponymous ancestor, Brian Boru (941-1014), to the High Kingship of Ireland. Brian Boru, by far the most outstanding figure of this family, is widely acknowledged as the greatest of all the ancient Kings of Ireland and is best remembered for driving the Norsemen out of Ireland at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

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Bryan Spelling Variations


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Bryan Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, scribes listened to a person's name and then decided the spelling from there. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name Bryan include: O'Brien, OBrine, O'Brion, O'Bryan, O'Bryen, McBrien, McBrine, Brian, Briand, Briant, Brine, Brines, Briens and many more.

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Bryan Early History


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Bryan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bryan research. Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1369, 1400, 1577, 1663, 1690, 1614, 1674, 1642, 1678, 1640, 1692, 1699, 1771, 1600, 1651, 1642, 1717, 1692 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Bryan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bryan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bryan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Brian Sreamhach MacMathghamhna O'Brien, king of the Irish region of Thomond (1369-1400); Daniel O'Brien (1577-1663), member of the Supreme Council of Catholic Confederates; Daniel O'Brien (d. 1690), founder of the Irish Brigade known as Clare's Dragoons; Murrough McDermod O'Brien, 1st Earl of...

Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bryan 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



Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North Ameri ca. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Bryan or one of its variants:

Bryan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edw Bryan, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Joseph Bryan, aged 20, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • Jo Bryan, aged 25, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Dermond Bryan, aged 20, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Henry Bryan, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bryan, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Daniell Bryan, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Margarett Bryan, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Sarah Bryan, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Morris Bryan, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne Bryan, who landed in Connecticut in 1811
  • Garret Bryan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Jos Bryan, aged 41, arrived in Virginia in 1812
  • Simon Bryan, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Bernard Bryan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sam Bryan, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900

Bryan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Bryan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Bryan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Amb Bryan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Bryan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Jane Bryan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Brigitte Bryan, who landed in Quebec in 1823
  • Peter Bryan, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Thomas Bryan, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Biddy Bryan, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Bryan, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Boney Bryan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • William Bryan, Jr., English convict from Rutland, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • Michael Bryan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • George Bryan, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Guy Bryan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Bryan landed in Otako, New Zealand in 1840
  • Elizabeth Bryan, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Sarah Bryan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Daniel Bryan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Ellen Bryan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bryan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bryan (post 1700)



  • Lieutenant-General Blackshear Morrison Bryan (1900-1977), American Commanding General 1st Army (1957-1960)
  • Kirk Bryan (1888-1950), American geologist
  • William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American orator and politician, who was Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson
  • Richard Hudson Bryan (b. 1937), American politician, Governor of Nevada and a US Senator from Nevada
  • Arthur Q Bryan (1899-1959), American actor, best known as the voice of Elmer Fudd
  • George Hartley Bryan (1864-1928), English mathematician and engineer
  • John Bryan (1911-1969), Academy Award-winning British art director and movie producer
  • Lance-Corporal Thomas Bryan VC (1882-1945), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Dora Bryan OBE (b. 1923), English actress of stage, film and television
  • Sir Arthur Bryan (1923-2011), British former Chairman of Wedgewood
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bryan Historic Events


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Bryan Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Caroline Agnes Bryan (1893-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Bryan


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Suggested Readings for the name Bryan



  • History of the Bryan-Cole Family in America by Winfred Bryan Cole.
  • Thomas Bryan and Some of His Descendants by Leslie Aulls Bryan.
  • Bryans, Hortons, and Allied Families by Elizabeth Cate Manly.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Lamh laidir an Uachtar
Motto Translation: The strong hand from above.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. 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).
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The Bryan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bryan 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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