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The surname Byrns 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.

Byrns Early Origins



The surname Byrns was first found in Leinster, where they were descended from Bran, the King of Leinster who died in 1052. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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Byrns Spelling Variations


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Byrns Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Byrns dating from that time include Byrne, Byrnes, O'Byrne, O'Byrnes and others.

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Byrns Early History


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Byrns Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrns research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1574, 1598, 1544, 1597, 1591, 1744, 1830, 1775 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Byrns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Byrns Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Byrns Early Notables (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...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byrns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Byrns or a variant listed above, including:

Byrns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stevens Byrns, aged 28, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • Martin Byrns, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Bernard Byrns, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pa, in 1823
  • James Byrns, who arrived in Texas in 1829
  • Felix Byrns, who landed in New York in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Byrns Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Byrns, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831

Byrns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margate Byrns arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thirteen" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif

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Contemporary Notables of the name Byrns (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Byrns (post 1700)



  • Pauline Byrns (1917-1990), American singer
  • Samuel Byrns (1848-1914), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri (1891-1893)
  • Harold Byrns (1903-1977), born Hans Bernstein, German-born, American conductor and orchestrator, founder of the Los Angeles Chamber Symphony in 1949
  • Joseph Wellington Byrns Jr. (1903-1973), American attorney and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1939-1941)
  • Joseph Wellington "Jo" Byrns Sr. (1869-1936), American politician, 46th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1935-1936), House Majority Leader (1933-1935)

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Certavi et vici
Motto Translation: I have fought and conquered.


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Citations


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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif

Other References

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  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  10. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
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The Byrns Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Byrns 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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