Bryant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Bryant is of Norman origin, derived from the personal name Brian which was popular in France and Norman England before it came to Ireland. It has sometimes been used as a synonym for O'Brien, though it is of different origin.

Early Origins of the Bryant family

The surname Bryant was first found in County Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where bearers of the surname settled in the 13th century.

Important Dates for the Bryant family

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Bryant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bryan, Brian, OBryan, McBryan, O'Bryant and others.

Early Notables of the Bryant family (pre 1700)

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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 [1]
  • John Bryant, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 [1]
  • Michaell Bryant, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Jon Bryant, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Edmund Bryant, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Cornelius Bryant, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • James Bryant, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [1]
  • Benjamin Bryant, who landed in New England in 1716 [1]
  • Uriah Bryant, who landed in Virginia in 1722 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • George Bryant, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1828 [1]
  • James C Bryant, aged 17, who landed in New York in 1830 [1]
  • Charles Bryant, who landed in New York in 1836 [1]
  • Charles William Bryant, who landed in Mississippi in 1846 [1]
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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 [2]
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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

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 19th Century
  • John Bryant, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Bryant, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • John Chiswick Bryant, a tailor, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Bryant, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Eliza Bryant, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
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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
  • Mary Anne Bryant, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bryant (post 1700)

  • 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
  • Henry Bryant (1820-1867), American ornithologist
  • Gridley James Fox Bryant (1816-1899), American architect
  • Gridley Bryant (1789-1867), American railroad engineer
  • Fernando Bryant (b. 1977), American football player
  • Brad Bryant (b. 1954), American professional golfer
  • ... (Another 150 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bryant family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • George Stanley Bryant, British Sick Berth Assistant aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [6]
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 sinking [7]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John H Bryant, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Clifford Bryant, British Military Police, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Henry Bryant, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
  • Jack E. Bryant, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
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 [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  6. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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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