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Where did the Irish Behan family come from? What is the Irish Behan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Behan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Behan family history?The Irish name Behan comes from the Gaelic name O Beachain, possibly derived from the word "beach," which means "bee." It was also an Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Beathán, from "beatha," meaning "life."
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Behan revealed spelling variations, including Behan, Beehan, Beaghan, O'Behan, Beehan, Beagan, O'Beaghan, O'Behen, Behen and many more.
First found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Behan research. Another 186 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Behan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Behan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Behan:
Behan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Behan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Behan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Behan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Behan 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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