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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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See Also


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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. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. 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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