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

Breene Early Origins



The surname Breene 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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Breene Spelling Variations


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Breene Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Breene revealed spelling variations, including Breen, Breene, Brean, Breane, Bruen, Brawney, O'Breen, O'Braoin and many more.

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Breene Early History


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Breene Early History



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

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Breene Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breene Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Breene:

Breene Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Breene who settled in New York in 1803
  • John Breene, aged 15, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Anthony Breene, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Breene Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Julia Breene, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breene (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breene (post 1700)



  • Peter W. Breene, American fourth Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
  • Major-General Robert Gale Breene (1894-1969), American Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Air Forces in South Pacific Areas (1942-1944)
  • William P. Breene, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1916
  • Samuel A. Breene, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960, 1964 (alternate)
  • Peter W. Breene (1846-1926), American politician, Member of Colorado State House of Representatives, 1883-85; Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 1885-87; Colorado State Treasurer, 1887-88
  • Kevin Breene, American politician, Member of Rhode Island State Senate, 2000

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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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See Also


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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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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The Breene Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breene 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 1 February 2016 at 09:52.

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