Brenan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Brenan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as "O Braondin," from the word "braon," which has several meanings, possibly meaning "sorrow" in this case.

Early Origins of the Brenan family

The surname Brenan 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 they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Brenan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brenan research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1172, 1395, 1520, 1600, 1832, 1625, 1693, 1768, 1830 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Brenan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brenan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brennan, McBrennan, Brannon, Brannan, Brannen, Brannin, Brennyn, Brannyn, MacBrennan, Brenan, Branon, Branan, Branen and many more.

Early Notables of the Brenan family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Sir Art O'Brennan of Castlecomer Castle; Most Rev. John Brennan (1625-1693), Bishop of Waterford and Archbishop of Cashel; John Brennan (1768-1830)...
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Brenan migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brenan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Brenan, who landed in Virginia in 1723 [1]
  • Neile Brenan, who arrived in Virginia in 1723 [1]
Brenan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Brenan, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Brenan, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James Brenan, who arrived in America in 1816 [1]
  • Daniel Brenan, who arrived in South Carolina in 1825 [1]
  • Patrick N Brenan, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828 [1]
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Brenan migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brenan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Owen Brenan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Eleanor Brenan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Patrick Brenan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Edmund Brenan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Peter Brenan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
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Brenan migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brenan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Brenan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Bridget Brenan, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]
  • Judith Brenan, aged 19, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]
  • Ann Brenan, aged 22, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [4]
  • Catherine Brenan, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Brenan (post 1700)

  • Elizabeth Brenan, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Plymouth, Pennsylvania, 1941-44 (acting, 1941-44) [5]
  • John Brenan (1768-1830), Irish physician, born at Ballaghide, Carlow, Ireland, the youngest of six children [6]
  • ? Brenan (b. 1756), Irish author of the 'Painter's Breakfast;' a dramatic satire set in Dublin in 1756 [6]
  • Joseph Brenan (1828-1857), Irish poet, journalist and author
  • Michael John Brenan (1780-1847), Roman Catholic priest and an ecclesiastical historian
  • James Brenan (1837-1907), Irish artist
  • Edward FitzGerald "Gerald" Brenan CBE (1894-1987), British writer
  • John Patrick Micklethwait Brenan (1917-1985), British botanist
  • Gerald Brenan (1894-1987), English travel writer

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
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