The ancient Brosnahan surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic "ó Brosnacháin," which may be derived from the place name Brosna in Kerry.
Early Origins of the Brosnahan family
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
, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow
in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland
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.
Early History of the Brosnahan family
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Brosnahan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Brosnan, Brosnahan, O'Brosnan, Brosnochain, Bresnahan, Bresnan, Brosna, Brosnihan and many more.
Early Notables of the Brosnahan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brosnahan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brosnahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Daniel Brosnahan, who settled in New York in 1846
- Daniel Brosnahan, who arrived in New York in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Brosnahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Patrick Brosnahan, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- Thomas Brosnahan, aged 39, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
Contemporary Notables of the name Brosnahan (post 1700)
- Katherine Noel Brosnahan (1962-2018), birth name of Kate Spade or Kate Valentine, the American co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, born in Kansas City, Missouri
- 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
- 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Maureen Brosnahan, Canadian co-host of The World at Six on CBC Radio One