Byrne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Byrne was "O Broin," in its Gaelic form, which means descendant of Bran. The family is descended from Bran, the king of Leinster who died in 1052, who, along with King Conn of the Hundred Battles descended from Cathair Mor, an earlier king of Leinster, who was also monarch of all Ireland around 200 AD.

Early Origins of the Byrne family

The surname Byrne was first found in Leinster, where they were descended from Bran, the King of Leinster who died in 1052. [1] He was descended from Cathair Mor King of Leinster, who was also Monarch of all Ireland about 200 A.D. From this stem King Conn of the Hundred Battles was also descended. During the Strongbow invasion in 1172, the family, along with the O'Tooles, were driven from their original lands in county Kildare, settling the wilder territory between Rathdrum and Shillelagh, in south Wicklow. The sept increased in importance, and like their similarly displaced neighbors, were especially noted for their lengthy and tenacious resistance to the English invaders. Their successes in this struggle were numerous. Their military exploits of this time are celebrated in a compilation by some thirty-five authors of Gaelic poetry called the Leabhar Branch (Book of the O'Byrnes).[1]

Important Dates for the Byrne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrne research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1574, 1598, 1544, 1597, 1591, 1744, 1830, 1775 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Byrne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Byrne Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Byrne family name include Byrne, Byrnes, O'Byrne, O'Byrnes and others.

Early Notables of the Byrne family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Nicol Burne ( fl. 1574-1598), a Scottish Roman Catholic controversialist; Fiacha MacHugh O'Byrne (1544-1597), best remembered for helping in the escape of Hugh Roe O'Donnell from prison in Dublin Castle in...
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Byrne migration to the United States

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Byrne to North America:

Byrne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dinnis Byrne, who settled in Barbados in 1679
Byrne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Byrne, who landed in Virginia in 1741 [2]
  • Celia Byrne, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746-1747 [2]
  • Lawrence Byrne, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Garrett Byrne, who landed in North America in 1789 [2]
Byrne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Byrne, who landed in America in 1804 [2]
  • John Byrne, who landed in America in 1804 [2]
  • Kavin Byrne, who landed in America in 1807 [2]
  • Mark Byrne, who arrived in America in 1809 [2]
  • Juan Byrne, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1810-1814 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Byrne migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Byrne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Peter Byrne, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Peter Byrne, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Byrne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Byrne, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Michael Byrne, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • James Byrne, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Catherine Byrne, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Catherine Byrne, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Byrne migration to Australia

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

Byrne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Byrne, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Michael Byrne, a coach-painter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Cornelius Byrne, a tailor, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Edward Byrne, a tanner, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Byrne, a brewer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
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Byrne 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:

Byrne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Byrne, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Miss Margaret Byrne (Burns), British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th March 1852 [4]
  • Miss Mary Byrne (Burns), British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th March 1852 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Byrne (Burns), British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th March 1852 [4]
  • Patrick Byrne, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Byrne (post 1700)

  • Brendan Thomas Byrne (1924-2018), American politician, 47th Governor of New Jersey (1974-1982), inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Robert Eugene Byrne (1928-2013), American Grandmaster, and chess author, winner of the U.S. Championship in 1972
  • Andrew Byrne (1802-1862), Irish-born, American Catholic priest, the first Bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Donn Byrne (1889-1928), Irish-American novelist who's works include "Messer Marco Polo" (1921) and "Hangman's House" (1926)
  • Tommy Byrne (b. 1919), American Major League Baseball player
  • David Byrne (b. 1952), American (Scottish born) singer and songwriter
  • Bobby Byrne (1918-2006), American jazz musician
  • Charles Byrne (1761-1783), also known as Charles O'Brien or "The Irish Giant," was a human curiosity in London in the 1780s; his exact height is unknown, but most accounts refer to him as from 8' 2" to 8' 4" tall [5]
  • Michael Byrne (1923-2016), nicknamed "the Rattler" Byrne, an Irish hurler for Tipperary (1945-1960)
  • Anthony Brendan Byrne (1946-2016), Irish professional footballer who played from 1963 to 1979, Member of the Republic of Ireland National Team (1969-1973)
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Byrne family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Patrick Byrne, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]
  • Miss Selina Byrne (1894-1914), Australian Second Class Passenger from Brisbane, Australia who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
  • Mr. Edward Byrne (1855-1914), Australian Second Class Passenger from Brisbane, Australia who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [7]
  • Mrs. Eliza Byrne (1854-1914), née Bickford Australian Second Class Passenger from Brisbane, Australia who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Albert Edwin Byrne (1918-1941), Australian Sub-Lieutenant from Kedron, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Bob Byrne, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas G Byrne (b. 1921), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Francis Byrne (b. 1920), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Forest Gate, Essex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Patrick Byrne (b. 1911), BEM, Irish CPO Cook from Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Kenneth L. Byrne, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Nellie M. Byrne, American 3rd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Michael G. Byrne, English 1st Class Passenger residing in New York, New York, USA returning on business to Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [13]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. J.E. Byrne (d. 1912), aged 31, English Bedroom Steward from Ilford, London who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [14]

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Citations

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 31 Oct. 2019
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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