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The Irish surname Breslin is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic patronymic name Ó Breisláin, or "descendant of Breisleán."

Breslin Early Origins



The surname Breslin 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.

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Breslin Spelling Variations


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Breslin Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Breslin family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including O'Breislein, O'Berislein, O'Breslin, Breslin and others.

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Breslin Early History


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Breslin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breslin research. Another 414 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1306, 1307, and 1659 are included under the topic Early Breslin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breslin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breslin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Breslin 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Breslin:

Breslin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Breslin settled in Virginia in 1765

Breslin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Breslin, who landed in New York in 1824
  • Ann Breslin, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1893
  • Annie Breslin, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Annie Breslin, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1895

Breslin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bernard Breslin, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, in 1900
  • Bridget Breslin, aged 23, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1905
  • Annie Breslin, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1908
  • Agnes Breslin, aged 18, who landed in America from Elphm, Ireland, in 1910
  • Annie Breslin, aged 22, who landed in America from Ballina, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Breslin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Breslin, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breslin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breslin (post 1700)



  • Herbert Breslin (1924-2012), American music industry executive
  • Joseph R. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1970
  • John J. Breslin Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932, 1940, 1944, 1948
  • James E. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972
  • James A. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1948; Mayor of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, 1955
  • Edward J. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 32nd District, 1928
  • Corry Breslin, American politician, Burgess of Lansford, Pennsylvania, 1933-35
  • Andrew Breslin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 (alternate), 1928
  • Michael G. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Neil D. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000; Member of New York State Senate 46th District; Elected 2002, 2004; Elected unopposed 2006; Elected 2008
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    7. 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).
    8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. 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.
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    The Breslin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breslin 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.

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