Bryant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bryant family

The surname Bryant was first found in Essex, where the Domesday Book of 1086 records the Latin form of the name, Radulfus filius Brien at that time. The same source also notes Briendus de Scal in Cambridgeshire. [1] The variant Brien was recorded in 1088 in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk. [2] The Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London, 1188-1274 list Colin Briant, London, 1269. [3]

The name is "a Breton name introduced into England by the Normans. In the north, it is Olr Brian, brought by Norsemen from Ireland (where the name was common) to Cumberland and across the Pennines into Yorkshire." [2]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the family was scattered throughout ancient Britain: Wydo Bryan, Devon; Alicia Bren, Cambridgeshire; Acelot Bryvon, Cambridgeshire; Thomas filius Brian, Yorkshire; Alan filius Brian, Yorkshire; and Brian de Brampton, Gloucestershire. [3]

"The intermediate stage between Brian and Briant, or Bryant, is found in the following entry: '1770. Married - John Briand and Barbara Backhouse': St. George's, Hanover Square." [3]

Early History of the Bryant family

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Bryant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bryan, Bryant, Brian, Breine, Brine, Bryand, Briand, Briant, Bryane and many more.

Early Notables of the Bryant family (pre 1700)

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Bryant World Ranking

In the United States, the name Bryant is the 95th most popular surname with an estimated 216,369 people with that name. [4] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Bryant is ranked the 751st most popular surname with an estimated 57 people with that name. [5] And in Australia, the name Bryant is the 274th popular surname with an estimated 12,588 people with that name. [6] New Zealand ranks Bryant as 217th with 2,629 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Bryant as 350th with 17,920 people. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Bryant family to Ireland

Some of the Bryant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bryant migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bryant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Bryant, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1632 [9]
  • John Bryant, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 [9]
  • Michaell Bryant, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [9]
  • Jon Bryant, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [9]
  • Edmund Bryant, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bryant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ellianor Bryant, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [9]
  • Cornelius Bryant, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [9]
  • James Bryant, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [9]
  • Benjamin Bryant, who landed in New England in 1716 [9]
  • Uriah Bryant, who landed in Virginia in 1722 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bryant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Bryant, who landed in America in 1811 [9]
  • George Bryant, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1828 [9]
  • James C Bryant, aged 17, who landed in New York in 1830 [9]
  • Charles Bryant, who landed in New York in 1836 [9]
  • Charles William Bryant, who landed in Mississippi in 1846 [9]
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Bryant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Bryant, (b. 1879), aged 21, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 4th March 1900 en route to Greenwich, Connecticut, USA [10]
  • Mr. Andrew Bryant, (b. 1867), aged 33, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th September 1900 en route to New York, USA [10]
  • Mr. James Bryant, (b. 1871), aged 29, Cornish miner, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 31st March 1900 en route to Red Jacket, Michigan, USA [10]
  • Mr. William Bryant, (b. 1872), aged 31, Cornish miner, from St. Ives, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 31st May 1903 en route to Ishpeming, Michigan, USA [10]
  • Mr. William P. Bryant, (b. 1846), aged 57, American labourer, from Port Isaac, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th October 1903 en route to Pennsylvania, USA [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bryant migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bryant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Bryant, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Bryant, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Austin Bryant, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margaret Bryant, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Patrick Bryant U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bryant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Bryant, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1846
Bryant Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • G Bryant, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Bryant migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bryant Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Bryant, (Briant), (b. 1758), aged 29, English convict who was convicted in Exeter, Devon, England for 7 years for assault, transported aboard the "Charlotte" on 13th May 1787, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1789 [12]
  • Miss Mary Bryant, (Broad), (b. 1765), aged 22, English convict who was convicted in Exeter, Devon, England for 7 years for assault, transported aboard the "Charlotte" on 13th May 1787, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
Bryant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Moses Bryant, (b. 1771), aged 30, Irish convict who was convicted in Wexford, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Miss Catherine Bryant, (b. 1794), aged 20, English servant who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for shop lifting, transported aboard the "Broxbournebury" in January 1814, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. James Bryant, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 6th April 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. William Bryant, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 13th July 1822, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • John Bryant, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [17]
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New Zealand Bryant migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bryant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Scott Bryant, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Bryant, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Josiah Bryant, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Bryant, aged 27, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840 [18]
  • Mary Anne Bryant, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840 [18]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bryant (post 1700) +

  • Kobe Bean Bryant (1978-2020), American professional basketball player, two-time gold Olympic medalist; he and his daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash January 26, 2020 [19]
  • Joyce Bryant (1927-2022), American singer, dancer and civil rights activist, an early African-American sex symbol, nicknamed "The Bronze Blond Bombshell", "The Black Marilyn Monroe", "The Belter" and "The Voice You'll Always Remember"
  • Barton Holan Bryant (1962-2022), American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions; he died on May 31, 2022, in a car accident in Polk City, Florida
  • Warren Bryant (1955-2021), American professional football player from Miami, Florida who was an offensive lineman from 1977 through 1984 in the National Football League (NFL)
  • John Baxter Browning Bryant (1957-2019), American singer-songwriter
  • Louise Bryant (1885-1936), born Anna Louise Mohan, an American feminist, political activist, and journalist
  • Edward Winslow Bryant Jr. (1945-2017), American science fiction and horror writer
  • Bob Bryant (1944-2016), American politician, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives (2005-2016)
  • Wallace Bryant (1863-1953), American bronze medalist for archery at the 1904 Olympic games
  • George Phillip Bryant (1878-1918), American winner of two gold, and one bronze Olympic medals for archery at the 1904 Summer Games
  • ... (Another 157 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • George Stanley Bryant, British Sick Berth Assistant aboard the HMS Dorsetshire (1945) when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Denis M Bryant (b. 1905), English Midshipman serving for the Royal Navy from Kent, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [21]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John H Bryant, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Clifford Bryant, British Military Police, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [22]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Henry Bryant, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [23]
  • Jack E. Bryant, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [23]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lloyd Glenn Bryant, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [24]


Suggested Readings for the name Bryant +

  • Cradled in the Mountains: A Brief History: Bryant, Sheppard, and Related Families by Barbara Bryant White.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  7. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  8. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  11. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  12. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charlotte)
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/broxbournebury
  15. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-st-vincent
  16. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza
  17. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  18. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 5th November 2010). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  19. ^ Kobe Bryant. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Kobe Bryant. Retrieved from http://www.nba.com/playerfile/kobe_bryant/
  20. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  21. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  22. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  23. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  24. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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