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Many variations of the name Branham have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as "O Braondin," from the word "braon," which has several meanings, possibly meaning "sorrow" in this case.


The surname Branham was first found in County Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where the family claim descent from Braonan, an Irish Prince, brother of Ceallach, 17th King of Ossory. Braonan later became the King of Ossory, and also King of the Danes of Dublin, and was known as the Prince of Idough. His son, Conglach, in a dispute over the throne of Ossory, was killed near Three Castles, County Kilkenny. At this point in time the Brennans were in conflict with Brian Boru (1014), and most historians believe that the family was on the wrong side as allies of the Danish King. After Clontarf, they retained only the principality of Idough, but Anne, daughter of Guidhelgedh, three generations later, married the King of Ossory (Donogh), and the title was still extant even after the Anglo Norman invasion of 1172.

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Branham were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Brennan, McBrennan, Brannon, Brannan, Brannen, Brannin, Brennyn, Brannyn, MacBrennan, Brenan, Branon, Branan, Branen and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branham research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1520, 1600, 1832, 1625, 1693, 1768, 1830 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Branham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable among the family name at this time was Sir Art O'Brennan of Castlecomer Castle; Most Rev. John Brennan (1625-1693), Bishop of Waterford and Archbishop of Cashel; John Brennan (1768-1830)...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Branham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Branham family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Branham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Branham, aged 30, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Linda Branham, aged 15, who arrived in America in 1893
  • Mary Branham, aged 56, who arrived in America in 1893
  • Patrick Branham, aged 30, who arrived in America from Sligo, Ireland in 1893
  • M. Branham, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1894

Branham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • A. E. Branham, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1905
  • James Branham, aged 71, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Benjamin Branham, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Ghilbert Branham, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Charles H. Branham, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1922
  • ...

  • Andy Branham (b. 1980), American Major League baseball player
  • Charles W. "Trey" Branham III, American co-founder of Goldfarb Branham LLP, a law firm in Dallas, Texas
  • George Branham III (b. 1962), American professional ten-pin bowler
  • William Marrion Branham (1909-1965), American Christian minister, one of the founders of the faith healing movement
  • William G. Branham, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945
  • William E. Branham, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Oklahoma, 1956
  • Richard Branham, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for supervisor of Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, 1970
  • Patricia Branham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
  • James W. Branham, American politician, Member of Mississippi territorial House of Representatives, 1807
  • Finis Branham, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 4th District, 1961
  • ...

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    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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    The Branham Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Branham 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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