The name O'Bryand 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 O'Bryand family
The surname O'Bryand 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.
Early History of the O'Bryand family
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O'Bryand Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bryan, Brian, OBryan, McBryan, O'Bryant and others.
Early Notables of the O'Bryand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Bryand family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Bryan, who settled in Virginia in 1652; Ann Bryan, who settled in Boston in 1744; Jane Bryan, who immigrated to Boston in 1745; John Bryan, who immigrated to Boston in 1765.