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

Brien Early Origins



The surname Brien 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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Brien Spelling Variations


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Brien Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Brien that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are O'Brien, OBrine, O'Brion, O'Bryan, O'Bryen, McBrien, McBrine, Brian, Briand, Briant, Brine, Brines, Briens and many more.

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Brien Early History


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Brien Early History



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

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Brien Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brien 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 Brien 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



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Brien, or one of its variants:

Brien Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cormick Brien, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • A Lucie Brien, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Isabelle Brien, who landed in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Magdeleine Brien, who landed in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Elizabeth Brien, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767

Brien Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Brien, who landed in America in 1800
  • Thomas Brien, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Christophe Brien, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Jos Brien, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Hugh Brien, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brien Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Louis Brien arrived in Quebec from Brittany in 1676

Brien Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anne Brien, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • Elysia Brien, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • Eleanor Brien, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • Elenor Brien, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Julia Brien, aged 2, landed in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brien Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Brien, a watch-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Brien, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Brien, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Edward Brien, a coach-smith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Brien arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brien Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Hannah Brien, aged 26, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Ellen Brien, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Denis Brien, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • John Brien, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brien (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brien (post 1700)



  • William "Willie" Warren Brien, American Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center and past Chief of Staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Douglas Robert Zachariah Brien (b. 1970), former American NFL football placekicker who played from 1994 to 2005
  • Pierre Brien (b. 1970), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 to 2003
  • John Wesley Brien (1864-1949), Canadian politician and physician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Essex South (1917-1921)
  • Alan Brien (1925-2008), English journalist and author, best known for his novel Lenin
  • William Roy Brien (1930-1987), English footballer
  • Don Brien (b. 1959), Canadian bronze medalist sprint canoer at the 1985 World Championships
  • Robert C. Brien (b. 1944), Australian tennis player

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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



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. 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).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    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. 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).
    7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

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