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The Irish name Behen 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."

Behen Early Origins



The surname Behen was 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.

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Behen Spelling Variations


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Behen Spelling Variations



Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Behen were found in the archives researched. These included Behan, Beehan, Beaghan, O'Behan, Beehan, Beagan, O'Beaghan, O'Behen, Behen and many more.

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Behen Early History


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Behen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Behen research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Behen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Behen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Behen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Behen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Behen:

Behen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Coneradt Behen arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Coneradt Behen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Katharine Behen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Maria Christiana Behen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Behen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Behen, age 36, settled in New York City in 1822
  • Daniel Behen, who landed in Maryland in 1843
  • Thomas Behen settled in Philadelphia in 1846
  • Denis Behen, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County,Pennsylvania in 1852

Behen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Behen, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Fenwick Keating" from Liverpool, England
  • Margaret Behen Junior, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Fenwick Keating" from Liverpool, England

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Contemporary Notables of the name Behen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Behen (post 1700)



  • William C. Behen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 14th District, 1936
  • James J. Behen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1936

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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    The Behen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Behen 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 January 2016 at 09:20.

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