Bresnahan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Bresnahan surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic "ó Brosnacháin," which may be derived from the place name Brosna in Kerry. [1]

Early Origins of the Bresnahan family

The surname Bresnahan was first found in Kerry (Irish: Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat as Chiefs and kin to both the Dunns and the Dempseys. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable.

Early History of the Bresnahan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bresnahan research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bresnahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bresnahan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brosnan, Brosnahan, O'Brosnan, Brosnochain, Bresnahan, Bresnan, Brosna, Brosnihan and many more.

Early Notables of the Bresnahan family (pre 1700)

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Bresnahan Ranking

In the United States, the name Bresnahan is the 8,961st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


United States Bresnahan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bresnahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bresnahan, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873 [3]

Australia Bresnahan migration to Australia +

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

Bresnahan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Bresnahan, English convict who was convicted in Clerkenwell, London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Edwin Fox" on 24th August 1858, arriving in Western Australia, Australia

New Zealand Bresnahan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bresnahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Bresnahan, aged 26, a blacksmith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Ellen Bresnahan, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Ellen Bresnahan, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Bresnahan (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Thomas Francis Bresnahan (1892-1971), American Commanding General Bremerhaven Port of Embarkation (1947-1948) [4]
  • Donald Joseph Bresnahan, United States Army recipient of the Silver Star
  • Patrick Francis Bresnahan (1872-1940), American naval watertender, recipient of the Medal of Honor for bravery
  • Charles "Chuck" Bresnahan (b. 1960), American football coach
  • Roger Philip Bresnahan (1879-1944), nicknamed "The Duke of Tralee" an American Major League Baseball player
  • Lawrence J. Bresnahan, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 14th District, 1938 [5]
  • John T. Bresnahan (b. 1911), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 4th District, 1945-46; Defeated in primary, 1946 [5]
  • John M. Bresnahan, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1944 [5]
  • John C. Bresnahan, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1960 [5]
  • James A. Bresnahan, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Secretary of State of Massachusetts, 1904 [5]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Thomas Bresnahan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bresnahan/Thomas_Francis/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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