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Many variations of the name Brannan 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.

Brannan Early Origins



The surname Brannan 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.

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Brannan Spelling Variations


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Brannan Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Brannan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Brennan, McBrennan, Brannon, Brannan, Brannen, Brannin, Brennyn, Brannyn, MacBrennan, Brenan, Branon, Branan, Branen and many more.

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Brannan Early History


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Brannan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brannan 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 Brannan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brannan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brannan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Brannan 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



Irish families 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 Brannan name:

Brannan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Luke Brannan, aged 33, landed in New York in 1810
  • Samuel Brannan, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Brannan, who arrived in New York in 1814
  • James Brannan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • John Brannan, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1818
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brannan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Brannan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Charles Brannan U.E. who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Brannan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Brannan, English convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  • John Brannan, aged 23, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brannan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brannan (post 1700)



  • John Milton Brannan (1819-1892), American Army officer, Union general in the American Civil War
  • Otis Owen Brannan (1899-1967), American Major League Baseball player
  • Duncan Brannan, American voice actor, best known for providing the voice for Barney the Dinosaur
  • Charles Franklin Brannan (1903-1992), American Secretary of Agriculture (1948 to 1953)
  • Jay Brannan (b. 1982), American singer-songwriter and actor
  • Samuel Brannan (1819-1889), American settler, publisher who founded the "California Star" newspaper
  • Samuel Brannan, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1864
  • P. F. Brannan, American politician, Mayor of Weatherford, Texas, 1882-84
  • L. W. Brannan Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1956, 1964, 1972
  • Eda Brannan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1960
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Brannan Family Crest Products


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

Other References

  1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  8. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Brannan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brannan 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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