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The old Gaelic name used by the Bryan family in Ireland
was O Briain, which means descendant of Brian.
The surname Bryan was first found in Thomond
, a territory comprised of most of County Clare
with adjacent parts of counties Limerick
. 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.
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.
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
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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 America. 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
Bryan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Wm 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
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
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
- Willm Bryan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Amb Bryan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Jane Bryan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
- Mr. John Bryan U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
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, NB aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
- Thomas Bryan, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork
- Biddy Bryan, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork
- Catherine Bryan, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
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, Austraila
- William Bryan, Jr., English convict from Rutland, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Michael Bryan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- George Bryan, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Guy Bryan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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 UachtarMotto Translation:
The strong hand from above.
- Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
- Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
- 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.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
- Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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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