The Irish surname Breslan is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic patronymic
name Ó Breisláin, or "descendant of Breisleán."
Early Origins of the Breslan family
The surname Breslan was first found in Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel where the O'Breislein Sept, branch of the Cenél Enda held the district of Fanad, located in the Barony of Kilmacrenan. They were one of the principal Brehon families of Ireland
, mentioned frequently by the Four Masters. Brehons served as judges, ambassadors and negotiators, brokering deals and treaties, and settling disputes between the feudal
lords of medieval Ireland
. They were the interpreters of Brehon law.
Early History of the Breslan family
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Breslan Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname Breslan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. O'Breislein, O'Berislein, O'Breslin, Breslin and others.
Early Notables of the Breslan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breslan family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Breslan or a variant listed above:
Breslan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Polly Breslan, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
- Annie Breslan, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897
Breslan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Beccy Breslan, aged 5, who landed in America from London, in 1905
- Ally Breslan, aged 4, who landed in America from London, in 1905
- Kathe Breslan, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1907
- Jennie Breslan, aged 19, who settled in America from Rathmayne, Dublin, Ireland, in 1915