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

Briant Early Origins



The surname Briant 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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Briant Spelling Variations


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Briant 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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Briant Early History


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Briant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Briant 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 Briant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Briant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Briant 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 Briant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Briant In Ireland


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Briant In Ireland



Some of the Briant 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 Briant to arrive on North American shores were:

Briant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Briant, who arrived in Maryland in 1633-1634
  • Darby Briant, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • William Briant, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Briant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Briant, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1769

Briant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Briant, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Mr. Briant, aged 30, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1850
  • E G Briant, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Briant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Briant (aged 20) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Briant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Briant (post 1700)



  • Shane Briant (b. 1946), English actor and novelist from London
  • Vincent Briant (b. 1986), French professional football player
  • Gavin Aubrey Briant (b. 1969), former Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Frank Briant (1863-1934), British Liberal politician
  • Michael E. Briant (b. 1942), British television director from Bournemouth, Hampshire

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Briant Historic Events


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Briant Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert Briant (d. 1912), aged 34, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Briant Family Crest Products


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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.

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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 16 February 2016 at 10:47.

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