The original Gaelic form of Branam was O Branagain, derived from bran, which means raven.
Early Origins of the Branam family
The surname Branam was first found in the counties of Armagh and Monaghan
(Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, and were a part of the Cenel Eoghain (Clann Owen) one of the important septs (clanns) who are descended from Eoghan (Owen) son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, perhaps the greatest of all Irish General Kings whose history makes King Arthur's romances pale.
Early History of the Branam family
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Branam Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Branam revealed spelling variations
, including Branagan, Branigan, Brangan, Brangen, Branghan, Branikan, Brankin, Brannagan, Brannahan, Brannaghan, Brannaghin, Brannigan, Braendigan, Brandigan, O'Branagan and many more.
Early Notables of the Branam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Branam family to the New World and Oceana
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Branam name: Felix, Francis, James, John, Lawrence, Michael, Patrick, and Thomas Branagan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1834 and 1870; John Branagan settled in Charleston in 1796.
Contemporary Notables of the name Branam (post 1700)
- Matthew Branam (1954-2012), American academic, 14th President of Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology
- Justin Branam, American singer/songwriter
- Jennifer Lea "Jenni" Branam (b. 1980), American former soccer goalkeeper