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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.


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


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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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Migration of the Bresnahan family to the New World and Oceana


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 [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)

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) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Thomas Bresnahan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bresnahan/Thomas_Francis/USA.html
  • 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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Lawrence J. Bresnahan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 14th District, 1938 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John M. Bresnahan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1944 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John C. Bresnahan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1960 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James A. Bresnahan, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Secretary of State of Massachusetts, 1904 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 7 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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Thomas Bresnahan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bresnahan/Thomas_Francis/USA.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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