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

Bresnahan Early Origins



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.

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Bresnahan Spelling Variations


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Bresnahan Spelling Variations



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

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Bresnahan Early History


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Bresnahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bresnahan research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bresnahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bresnahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bresnahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bresnahan 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



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

Bresnahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bresnahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bresnahan (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Thomas Francis Bresnahan (1892-1971), American Commanding General Bremerhaven Port of Embarkation (1947-1948)
  • 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
  • Margaret Bresnahan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940
  • Lawrence J. Bresnahan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 14th District, 1938
  • John T. Bresnahan (b. 1911), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 4th District, 1945-46; Defeated in primary, 1946
  • John M. Bresnahan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1944
  • John C. Bresnahan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1960
  • James A. Bresnahan, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Secretary of State of Massachusetts, 1904
  • ... (Another 7 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. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. 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.
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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    The Bresnahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bresnahan 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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