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The ancient Brosnahan surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic "ó Brosnacháin," which may be derived from the place name Brosna in Kerry.

Brosnahan Early Origins



The surname Brosnahan was first found in Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat as Chiefs and kin to both the Dunns and the Dempseys. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable.

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Brosnahan Spelling Variations


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Brosnahan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Brosnan, Brosnahan, O'Brosnan, Brosnochain, Bresnahan, Bresnan, Brosna, Brosnihan and many more.

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Brosnahan Early History


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Brosnahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brosnahan research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brosnahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brosnahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brosnahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brosnahan 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brosnahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Brosnahan, who came to New York in 1846
  • Daniel Brosnahan, who arrived in New York in 1846

Brosnahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Brosnahan, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Thomas Brosnahan, aged 39, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brosnahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brosnahan (post 1700)



  • Cornelius M. Brosnahan, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 4th Ward, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 4th Ward, 1956
  • Commander James J. Brosnahan, U.S. Navy commander of the McMurdo Station winter party in the Antartic in 1961, eponym of Brosnahan Island
  • James Brosnahan, American lawyer and federal prosecutor
  • Maureen Brosnahan, Canadian co-host of The World at Six on CBC Radio One

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Brosnahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brosnahan 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 13 October 2015 at 10:43.

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