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The Irish name Breen has evolved from the Gaelic Mac Braoin or O Braoin.

Breen Early Origins



The surname Breen 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 is descended through the Heremon line and claim to be direct descendants of King Niall of the Nine Hostages. They were known as the Lords of Brawney [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
and were an Ossory sept (Clann) seated near Knocktopher, Kilkenny, until they had to forfeit their lands by the Anglo Norman invasion of Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke in 1172. They were subsequently dispersed throughout Ireland.

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Breen Spelling Variations


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Breen Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Breen dating from that time include Breen, Breene, Brean, Breane, Bruen, Brawney, O'Breen, O'Braoin and many more.

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Breen Early History


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Breen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breen research. Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1303, 1324, 1560 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Breen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breen 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Breen:

Breen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabth Breen, aged 3, landed in Massachusetts in 1755
  • John Batiss Breen, aged 6, arrived in Massachusetts in 1755
  • John Breen, aged 15, landed in Massachusetts in 1755
  • Joseph Breen, aged 17, arrived in Massachusetts in 1755
  • Molly Breen, aged 10, landed in Massachusetts in 1755
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Breen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Breen, who was on record in Delaware in 1812
  • Francis Breen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Philip Breen, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • William Breen, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Philip Breen and his wife Anne, who were naturalized in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1830
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Breen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Breen, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Eliza Breen, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Ann Breen, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Patrick Breen, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • James Breen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1842

Breen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Breen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850
  • Mary Breen, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Catherine Breen, aged 19, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Mary Breen, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Johanna Breen, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Breen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Breen, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • Andrew Breen, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • John Breen, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
  • Bessy Breen, aged 20, a cook, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • Jeremiah Breen, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breen (post 1700)



  • Bobby Breen (1927-2016), born Isadore Borsuk, Canadian-born, American actor and singer
  • Stephen Paul Breen (b. 1970), American nationally syndicated cartoonist who twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, in 1998 and 2009
  • Fred M. Breen, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1930; Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 28th Circuit, 1941, 1947
  • Francis J. Breen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport, 1918
  • Edward Joseph Breen (1899-1978), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936; Member of Iowa State Senate, 1937-41; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1942
  • Edward Grimes Breen (1908-1991), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio, 1945-48; U.S. Representative from Ohio 3rd District, 1949-51
  • Dorothy Breen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000
  • Dennis A. Breen, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 2000
  • Charles J. Breen, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cornwall; Elected 1918
  • Bartley Breen (b. 1834), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Menominee County, 1887-88; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 11th District, 1888
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Breen Historic Events


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Breen Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James Irving  Breen (1892-1917), Canadian Able Seaman aboard the HMCS Musquash from Spanish Ship Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Samuel Gordon  Breen (1895-1917), Canadian Stoker aboard the HMCS Musquash from Spanish Ship Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. James Breen, English Leading Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Comnac an Ceane
Motto Translation: Fight for Right


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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The Breen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breen 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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