Rugged coastal mountains and the windswept Hebrides
islands were the home of the first family to use the name Birsban. It was originally given to a person who had sustained a broken bone. This surname derived from the Old French word, briser,
which means to break,
and the Old English word, bàn,
which means bone.
This was also a nickname
, given to a person who was often involved in fights, which resulted in the breaking of bones. Members of the Birsban family were found in the county of Renfrew
(now part of the Strathclyde region), in Scotland
, where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Birsban family
The surname Birsban was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland
. Probably the first of the name in Scotland
was William Brisbone, whose name appears on a list of archers sent from Berwick to Roxburgh
in 1298. Thomas Brisbane or de Birsbane had a charter in Aberdeenshire
from Robert I. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Birsban family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birsban research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1332 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Birsban History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birsban Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of Birsban have been recorded over the years, including Brisbane, Brisbine, Birsbain, Birsbaine, Brisblane, Birsben, Brisbin, Birsban and many more.
Early Notables of the Birsban family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birsban family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to the Crown re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Birsbans to arrive on North American shores: Margaret Brisben arrived in Maryland in 1664; John Brisban arrived in New York in 1819; Mrs. Brisbane with two children who landed in New Orleans in 1822..
The Birsban 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: Certamine summo
Motto Translation: In the battle's height.