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'Bryend family
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'Bryend family
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O'Bryend Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bryan, Brian, OBryan, McBryan, O'Bryant and others.
Early Notables of the O'Bryend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Bryend 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.
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