The Irish name O'Bruan has evolved from the Gaelic Mac Braoin or O Braoin.
Early Origins of the O'Bruan family
The surname O'Bruan 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 O'Bruan family
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O'Bruan Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname O'Bruan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Breen, Breene, Brean, Breane, Bruen, Brawney, O'Breen, O'Braoin and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Bruan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Bruan family to the New World and Oceana
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the O'Bruan name: Francis Breen, who was on record in Delaware in 1812; John Breene who settled in New York in 1803; Alice Breen, who sailed from Londonderry
to Philadelphia in 1847.
The O'Bruan 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