The Irish name McBreen has evolved from the Gaelic Mac Braoin or O Braoin.
Early Origins of the McBreen family
The surname McBreen 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 the family is descended through the Heremon
line and claim to be direct descendants of King Niall of the Nine Hostages. They were known as the Lords of Brawney CITATION[CLOSE]
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and were an Ossory
sept (Clann) seated near Knocktopher, Kilkenny
, until they had to forfeit their lands by the Anglo Norman invasion
, Earl of Pembroke in 1172. They were subsequently dispersed throughout Ireland.
Early History of the McBreen family
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McBreen Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
of the name McBreen dating from that time include Breen, Breene, Brean, Breane, Bruen, Brawney, O'Breen, O'Braoin and many more.
Early Notables of the McBreen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McBreen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McBreen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary McBreen, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
- Rose McBreen, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
Contemporary Notables of the name McBreen (post 1700)
- Tom McBreen (1952-1972), American bronze medalist swimmer at the 1972 Summer Olympics
- T. C. McBreen, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1888 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Daniel McBreen (b. 1977), English football striker
- Chris McBreen (b. 1972), New Zealand snooker player
The McBreen 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: Comnac an Ceane
Motto Translation: Fight for Right