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Multiple Origins for the Surname Brian



The old Gaelic name used by the Brian family in Ireland was O Briain, which means descendant of Brian.

Brian Early Origins



The surname Brian was first found in Thomond, a territory comprised of most of County Clare with adjacent parts of counties Limerick and Tipperary. Prior to the 10th century, the sept was a Dalcassian Clan known as the Ui Toirdealbhaigh and achieved prominence with the rise of their eponymous ancestor, Brian Boru (941-1014), to the High Kingship of Ireland. Brian Boru, by far the most outstanding figure of this family, is widely acknowledged as the greatest of all the ancient Kings of Ireland and is best remembered for driving the Norsemen out of Ireland at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

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Brian Spelling Variations


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Brian Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, exact spellings for people's name did not exist. It was up to the literate scribe that was recording a person's name to decide how to spell his name. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name Brian include: O'Brien, OBrine, O'Brion, O'Bryan, O'Bryen, McBrien, McBrine, Brian, Briand, Briant, Brine, Brines, Briens 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 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1369, 1400, 1577, 1663, 1690, 1614, 1674, 1642, 1678, 1640, 1692, 1699, 1771, 1600, 1651, 1642, 1717, 1692 and 1714 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 amongst the family name at this time was Brian Sreamhach MacMathghamhna O'Brien, king of the Irish region of Thomond (1369-1400); Daniel O'Brien (1577-1663), member of the Supreme Council of Catholic Confederates; Daniel O'Brien (d. 1690), founder of the Irish Brigade known as Clare's Dragoons; Murrough McDermod O'Brien, 1st Earl of...

Another 75 words (5 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North Ameri ca. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Brian or one of its variants:

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Havergal Brian (1876-1972), born William Brian, an English composer and writer

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Lamh laidir an Uachtar
Motto Translation: The strong hand from above.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm

Other References

  1. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  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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