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The ancient surname Brian came from Brian an Old Norman name, but may also be traced further back to its original form Brjan.

Brian Early Origins



The surname Brian was first found in Denbigh, a market town in Denbighshire, North Wales. "The great baronial house of Bryan became extinct in the male line at the death in 1390 of Guy de Bryan, Baron Bryan who served as standard bearer to Edward III in the celebrated fight with the French at Calais. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Another source claims the name came from three locations: Tor-Bryan in Devon; Langheren, in South Wales, and at Woodford Castle, county Dorset. "Of this family was the chivalrous Sir Guy Bryan, Lord Bryan, K.G. temp. Edward III., and standard bearer at the celebrated battle of Calais. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This source continues "The Christian name Guy was frequent in the family." Yet another source claims a similar story with a different surname spelling. In this case, this source is referring to the parish of Slapton in Devon. "This place belonged to Sir Guy de Brien, Knt., standardbearer to Edward III., whom he attended at the battle of Calais in 1349, on which occasion, having greatly distinguished himself by his intrepidity, he was rewarded with a grant of 200 marks per annum, payable out of the exchequer during his life. Sir Guy founded a chantry in the church for a rector and four priests, and endowed it with 10 per annum in land, and with the advowson of the living." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Brian Spelling Variations


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Brian Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Bryan, Bryant, Brian, Breine, Brine, Bryand, Briand, Briant, Bryane and many more.

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Brian Early History


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Brian Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brian research. Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1296, 1296, 1150, 1694, 1500, 1471, 1500, 1518, 1490, 1549, 1676, 1662, 1699, 1621, 1668 and are included under the topic Early Brian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brian Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brian Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Thomas Bryan KS KB (died 1500), a British justice, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (1471-1500); and his son, Sir Thomas Bryan (died 1518) was an English courtier during the reign of Henry VIII; Sir Francis Bryan...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brian In Ireland


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Brian In Ireland



Some of the Brian family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Early immigration records have shown some of the first of the name Brian to arrive on North American shores were:

Brian Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Brian, who landed in Bermuda in 1609-1610
  • Robert Brian, aged 27, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Walter Brian, who arrived in Maryland in 1655
  • Margaret Brian, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Brian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Darby Brian, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Alain Brian, aged 22, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Timothy Brian, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Archibald Brian, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Archd Brian, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1773

Brian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Brian, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Brian, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843
  • Edmund Brian, who arrived in Maryland in 1847
  • James Brian, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847
  • Catherine Brian, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brian Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Brian, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Eleanor Brian, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827

Brian Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Brian arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Judy Brian, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Mary Brian, aged 21, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Richard Desborough Brian, aged 38, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian"
  • John Brian, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brian (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brian (post 1700)



  • Walter Leslie Brian (1918-2004), nicknamed "Salty Brine", an American well-known broadcaster in Rhode Island
  • Morgan Paige Brian (b. 1993), American soccer player for the Houston Dash
  • Mary Brian (1906-2002), born Louise Byrdie Dantzler, an American actress and movie star, nicknamed "The Sweetest Girl in Pictures," awarded a Star on the Walk of Fame
  • Havergal Brian (1876-1972), born William Brian, an English composer and writer
  • Donald Brian (1877-1948), Newfoundland actor, Broadway dancer and singer who taught Frank Sinatra to dance and entertained American troops in England with Bob Hope
  • Denis Brian (b. 1923), Welsh journalist and author, best known for his 1996 biography Einstein: a life

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. 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).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Brian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brian 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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