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The original Gaelic form of Branigan was O Branagain, derived from bran, which means raven.

Branigan Early Origins



The surname Branigan 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.

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Branigan Spelling Variations


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Branigan Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Branigan are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Branagan, Branigan, Brangan, Brangen, Branghan, Branikan, Brankin, Brannagan, Brannahan, Brannaghan, Brannaghin, Brannigan, Braendigan, Brandigan, O'Branagan and many more.

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Branigan Early History


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Branigan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branigan research. Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1610 is included under the topic Early Branigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Branigan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Branigan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Branigan 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



A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Branigan or a variant listed above:

Branigan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Branigan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Branigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Branigan, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Peter Branigan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851

Branigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Branigan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Branigan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Branigan (post 1700)



  • Andrew John "Andy" Branigan (1922-1995), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played for the New York Americans (1940-1942), inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Alan Branigan, retired Ivorian-American soccer defender who played from 1997 to 2000
  • Laura Branigan (1952-2004), American two-time Grammy Award nominated singer and actress, best remembered for her song "Gloria" which stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks
  • Capt. Thomas Branigan, American eponym of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Felix Branigan, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, 1873-75
  • James Christopher "Jim" Branigan (1910-1986), Irish member of the Garda Síochána, boxer and boxing referee
  • St John Branigan (1824-1873), Irish-born, New Zealand police commissioner, his force was popularly known as "Branigan's Troopers"

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Branigan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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    The Branigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Branigan 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 March 2016 at 06:47.

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