The original Gaelic form of Brangan was O Branagain, derived from bran, which means raven.
Early Origins of the Brangan family
The surname Brangan 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 Brangan family
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Brangan Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Brangan that are preserved in archival documents are Branagan, Branigan, Brangan, Brangen, Branghan, Branikan, Brankin, Brannagan, Brannahan, Brannaghan, Brannaghin, Brannigan, Braendigan, Brandigan, O'Branagan and many more.
Early Notables of the Brangan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brangan family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Brangan to North America:
Brangan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Brangan, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Brangan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Brangan, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
- Mrs. Brangan, aged 42, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
- Mary Brangan, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
- Jane Brangan, aged 11, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
- William Brangan, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
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Contemporary Notables of the name Brangan (post 1700)
- Jim Brangan, American basketball player, team captain of the 1958-59 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team