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The roots of the Brehony surname are linked to a set of 4,000 year old Irish law, known as the Brehon Law. There were no judges or lawyers, but the arbitrators whose responsibility it was to settle disagreements based on these laws were known as Brehons.

Brehony Early Origins



The surname Brehony was first found in Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat as judges and scholars. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This ancient Irish family name was found later in Sligo represented another early reference to the name.

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Brehony Spelling Variations


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Brehony Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Brehon, Brehane, Brehany, Brehaney, Breheny, Brehony, MacBreheny and many more.

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Brehony Early History


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Brehony Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brehony research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brehony History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brehony Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brehony Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brehony 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brehony Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Brehony, who arrived in New York in 1861
  • James J. Brehony, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1895

Brehony Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Delhi Brehony, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Kate Brehony, aged 25, who settled in America from Boyle, Ireland, in 1913
  • Ellen Brehony, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brehony (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brehony (post 1700)



  • Pádraig Brehony (b. 1993), Irish hurler, a forward for the Galway senior team (2012-)
  • Theodorakis "Theo" Brehony, British songwriter, known for his work on "Push Up," a single by the British electronic music group Freestylers

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Brehony Family Crest Products


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Brehony Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The Brehony Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brehony 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 29 May 2017 at 08:20.

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