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The history of the name Bryan began when it was derived from Brian an Old Norman name, but may also be traced further back to its original form Brjan.

Bryan Early Origins



The surname Bryan was first found in Denbigh, a market town in Denbighshire, North Wales. "The great baronial house of Bryan became extinct in the male line at the death in 1390 of Guy de Bryan, Baron Bryan who served as standard bearer to Edward III in the celebrated fight with the French at Calais. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Another source claims the name came from three locations: Tor-Bryan in Devon; Langheren, in South Wales, and at Woodford Castle, county Dorset. "Of this family was the chivalrous Sir Guy Bryan, Lord Bryan, K.G. temp. Edward III., and standard bearer at the celebrated battle of Calais. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This source continues "The Christian name Guy was frequent in the family." Yet another source claims a similar story with a different surname spelling. In this case, this source is referring to the parish of Slapton in Devon. "This place belonged to Sir Guy de Brien, Knt., standardbearer to Edward III., whom he attended at the battle of Calais in 1349, on which occasion, having greatly distinguished himself by his intrepidity, he was rewarded with a grant of 200 marks per annum, payable out of the exchequer during his life. Sir Guy founded a chantry in the church for a rector and four priests, and endowed it with 10 per annum in land, and with the advowson of the living." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Bryan Spelling Variations


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Bryan Spelling Variations



The Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, and therefore, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Bryan, Bryant, Brian, Breine, Brine, Bryand, Briand, Briant, Bryane and many more.

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Bryan Early History


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Bryan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bryan research. Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1296, 1296, 1150, 1694, 1500, 1471, 1500, 1518, 1490, 1549, 1676, 1662, 1699, 1621, 1668 and are included under the topic Early Bryan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bryan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bryan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Thomas Bryan KS KB (died 1500), a British justice, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (1471-1500); and his son, Sir Thomas Bryan (died 1518) was an English courtier during the reign of Henry VIII; Sir Francis Bryan...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bryan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bryan In Ireland


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Bryan In Ireland



Some of the Bryan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bryan were among those contributors:

Bryan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edw Bryan, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Joseph Bryan, aged 20, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • Jo Bryan, aged 25, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Dermond Bryan, aged 20, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Henry Bryan, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bryan, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Daniell Bryan, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Margarett Bryan, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Sarah Bryan, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Morris Bryan, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne Bryan, who landed in Connecticut in 1811
  • Garret Bryan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Jos Bryan, aged 41, arrived in Virginia in 1812
  • Simon Bryan, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Bernard Bryan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sam Bryan, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900

Bryan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Bryan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Bryan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Amb Bryan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Bryan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Jane Bryan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Brigitte Bryan, who landed in Quebec in 1823
  • Peter Bryan, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Thomas Bryan, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Biddy Bryan, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Bryan, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Boney Bryan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • William Bryan, Jr., English convict from Rutland, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • Michael Bryan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • George Bryan, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Guy Bryan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bryan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Bryan landed in Otako, New Zealand in 1840
  • Elizabeth Bryan, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Sarah Bryan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Daniel Bryan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Ellen Bryan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bryan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bryan (post 1700)



  • Lieutenant-General Blackshear Morrison Bryan (1900-1977), American Commanding General 1st Army (1957-1960)
  • Kirk Bryan (1888-1950), American geologist
  • William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American orator and politician, who was Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson
  • Richard Hudson Bryan (b. 1937), American politician, Governor of Nevada and a US Senator from Nevada
  • Arthur Q Bryan (1899-1959), American actor, best known as the voice of Elmer Fudd
  • Lance-Corporal Thomas Bryan VC (1882-1945), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Dora Bryan OBE (b. 1923), English actress of stage, film and television
  • George Hartley Bryan (1864-1928), English mathematician and engineer
  • John Bryan (1911-1969), Academy Award-winning British art director and movie producer
  • Sir Arthur Bryan (1923-2011), British former Chairman of Wedgewood
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bryan Historic Events


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Bryan Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Caroline Agnes Bryan (1893-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Bryan


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Suggested Readings for the name Bryan



  • History of the Bryan-Cole Family in America by Winfred Bryan Cole.
  • Thomas Bryan and Some of His Descendants by Leslie Aulls Bryan.
  • Bryans, Hortons, and Allied Families by Elizabeth Cate Manly.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Bryan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bryan 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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