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The Irish name Bracken was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Breacain, from the word breac, which means speckled.

Bracken Early Origins



The surname Bracken was first found in Dublin (Irish: Áth Cliath) located on the east coast of Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Bracken Spelling Variations


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Bracken Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Bracken family name include Bracken, Braken and others.

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Bracken Early History


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Bracken Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bracken research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the year 1014 is included under the topic Early Bracken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bracken Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bracken Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bracken 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



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Bracken:

Bracken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Bracken, who settled in New England in 1806
  • James Bracken, who arrived in America in 1806
  • John Bracken, who landed in America in 1806
  • Margaret Bracken, who landed in America in 1806
  • Robert Bracken, who landed in America in 1806
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bracken Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Miles W. Bracken, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Westmorland, in 1903
  • Martin Bracken, aged 24, who landed in America from Tullamore, in 1904
  • Margaret Bracken, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from Tullamore, in 1904
  • Kate Bracken, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Naas, Ireland, in 1904
  • F. B. Bracken, who settled in America, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bracken Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Harry Bracken, aged 28, who settled in Grand Mera, Canada, in 1917
  • George Robert Bracken, aged 38, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1921

Bracken Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Bracken, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Richard Bracken, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Eliza Bracken, aged 27, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Mary Bracken, aged 18, a cook, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • William Bracken, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bracken (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bracken (post 1700)



  • Don Bracken (1962-2014), American NFL football punter for the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams from 1985 to 1993
  • Eddie Bracken (1920-2002), American comedic actor
  • Brendan Rendall Bracken (1901-1958), Irish born journalist and politician, made Viscount Bracken, of Christchurch, County Southampton, in 1952
  • Thomas Bracken (1843-1898), Irish poet, sent to Australia at age 12, moved to New Zealand where he wrote the New Zealand National Anthem
  • John Bracken, Canadian political leader, premier of Manitoba (1922–42) and member of the Canadian House of Commons

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Bracken Historic Events


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Bracken Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Richard Bracken, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James H. Bracken (d. 1912), aged 29, American Second Class passenger from Lake Arthur, New Mexico who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Bracken


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Suggested Readings for the name Bracken



  • The Brackin Family in the Southeastern United States by Henry B. Brackin.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. 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).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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    The Bracken Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bracken 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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