Brannam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Brannam family

The surname Brannam 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 Brannam family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brannam research. Another 52 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1610 is included under the topic Early Brannam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brannam Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Brannam dating from that time include Branagan, Branigan, Brangan, Brangen, Branghan, Branikan, Brankin, Brannagan, Brannahan, Brannaghan, Brannaghin, Brannigan, Braendigan, Brandigan, O'Branagan and many more.

Early Notables of the Brannam family (pre 1700)

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Brannam migration to the United States

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 Brannam or a variant listed above:

Brannam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Harry Brannam, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1918

Contemporary Notables of the name Brannam (post 1700)

  • Thomas Backway Brannam, English founder of Brannam Pottery, a British studio pottery firm in Devon in 1848
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