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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.

Early Origins of the Brehony family


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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Early History of the Brehony family

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Early History of the Brehony family


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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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Early Notables of the Brehony family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Brehony family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Brehony family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Brehony family to the New World and Oceana


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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