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The Irish surname Brisland is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic patronymic name Ó Breisláin, or "descendant of Breisleán."

Brisland Early Origins



The surname Brisland was first found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel where the O'Breislein Sept, branch of the Cenél Enda held the district of Fanad, located in the Barony of Kilmacrenan. They were one of the principal Brehon families of Ireland, mentioned frequently by the Four Masters. Brehons served as judges, ambassadors and negotiators, brokering deals and treaties, and settling disputes between the feudal lords of medieval Ireland. They were the interpreters of Brehon law.

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Brisland Spelling Variations


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Brisland Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Brisland were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. O'Breislein, O'Berislein, O'Breslin, Breslin and others.

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Brisland Early History


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Brisland Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brisland research. Another 414 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1306, 1307, and 1659 are included under the topic Early Brisland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brisland Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brisland Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brisland 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Brisland family in North America:

Brisland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Brisland, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Thomas Brisland, who arrived in Indiana in 1852

Brisland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Brisland, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Henry Brisland arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Daniel Brisland arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • John Brisland arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Eleanor Brisland arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The Brisland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brisland 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 28 May 2015 at 06:20.

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