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Breslin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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


Early Origins of the Breslin family


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.

Early History of the Breslin family


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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.

Early Notables of the Breslin family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Breslin family to the New World and Oceana


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, who settled in Virginia in 1765

Breslin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Breslin, who landed in New York in 1824 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • 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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Mr. James Breslin, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Louisa" departing 8th May 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 25th June 1847 but he died on board [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 66)

Contemporary Notables of the name Breslin (post 1700)


  • Jimmy Breslin (1929-2017), American columnist and novelist who won the 2002 pulitzer prize for Commentary
  • Herbert Breslin (1924-2012), American music industry executive
  • Abigail Breslin (b. 1996), American child actor
  • Spencer Breslin (b. 1992), American actor
  • Joseph R. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1970 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John J. Breslin Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932, 1940, 1944, 1948 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James E. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James A. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1948; Mayor of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, 1955 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edward J. Breslin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 32nd District, 1928 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Corry Breslin, American politician, Burgess of Lansford, Pennsylvania, 1933-35 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 66)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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