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

Brosnan Early Origins



The surname Brosnan 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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Brosnan Spelling Variations


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Brosnan 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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Brosnan Early History


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Brosnan Early History



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

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Brosnan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brosnan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brosnan 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:

Brosnan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Brosnan, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1828
  • Alice Brosnan, who was on record in Connecticut in 1858
  • Con Brosnan, aged 5, who settled in America from Newcastlewood, in 1896

Brosnan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bernard Brosnan, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States from Lisoyden, Co. Kerry, Ireland, in 1906
  • Bridget Brosnan, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Castlersland, Ireland, in 1907
  • Benjamin Brosnan, aged 20, who settled in America from Scartaglen, Ireland, in 1907
  • Catherine Brosnan, aged 23, who landed in America from Crosshaven, Ireland, in 1907
  • Catherine Brosnan, aged 26, who landed in America from Tralee, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brosnan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Brosnan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Thomas Brosnan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Ellen Brosnan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Denis Brosnan arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Mary Brosnan, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rimutaka" in 1885

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brosnan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brosnan (post 1700)



  • Timothy W. Brosnan, American politician, Member of Montana State Senate 16th District, 1895-96
  • C. M. Brosnan (b. 1815), American politician, Delegate to Nevada State Constitutional Convention, 1863
  • Patrick Brosnan (b. 1968), American mathematician, the 2009 recipient of the Coxeter-James Prize
  • Timothy Brosnan (b. 1960), American playwright
  • James Patrick "Jim" Brosnan (b. 1929), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1954 through 1963
  • Eoin Brosnan, Irish Gaelic football player
  • Seán Brosnan (1916-1979), Irish barrister and Fianna Fáil politician from County Cork
  • Pierce Brendan Brosnan OBE (b. 1953), Irish Saturn Award winning, two-time Golden Globe nominated film actor best known for portraying James Bond in four films
  • Gerald Brosnan (b. 1877), Australian rules footballer
  • John Raymond Brosnan (1947-2005), Australian writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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    The Brosnan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brosnan 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 9 May 2016 at 06:43.

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