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Many variations of the name Brannen 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.

Brannen Early Origins



The surname Brannen 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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Brannen Spelling Variations


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Brannen Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Brannen were encountered in the archives: Brennan, McBrennan, Brannon, Brannan, Brannen, Brannin, Brennyn, Brannyn, MacBrennan, Brenan, Branon, Branan, Branen and many more.

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Brannen Early History


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Brannen Early History



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

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Brannen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brannen 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 Brannen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Brannen name:

Brannen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • P Brannen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Anne Brannen, aged 40, who settled in America from Kerry Co. Ire, in 1892
  • Christopher Brannen, aged 26, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1893

Brannen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Pherick Brannen, aged 25, who landed in America from Sunderland, in 1904
  • Thomas Brannen, aged 22, who landed in America from Sunderland, in 1904
  • Elizabeth Brannen, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Pendleton, England, in 1907
  • Margaret Brannen, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Pendleton, England, in 1907
  • Martin Brannen, aged 56, who landed in America from Cloonfad, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brannen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Brannen, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • James Brannen, aged 17, arrived in Canada in 1812

Brannen Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Francis A. Brannen, aged 45, who emigrated to Clarks Harbour, Canada, in 1914

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brannen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brannen (post 1700)



  • John Brannen (b. 1952), American Roots singer-songwriter
  • James H. Brannen Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1974
  • J. W. Brannen, American Democrat politician, Chair of Russell County Democratic Party, 2003
  • J. A. Brannen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1912
  • Harvey D. Brannen, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Bulloch County, 1923-24
  • Barney Brannen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 2nd District, 2000
  • Julia Brannen FRSA, AcSS, British Professor of the Sociology of the Family at the Institute of Education, University of London
  • Nathan "Nate" Brannen (b. 1982), Canadian silver medalist middle distance runner at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

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