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The Irish name Behan is derived from the native Gaelic O'Beachain Sept that is taken from a Gaelic word meaning 'bee'. The main Sept was located in County Kildare although descendants could later be found in County Kerry. Beaghan and O'Behan are variants.
Spelling variations include: Behan, Beehan, Beaghan, O'Behan, Beehan, Beagan, O'Beaghan and many more.
First found in in county Kerry, where they had been seated from ancient times.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: James Behan who arrived in New York City in 1822; Henry Behan settled in Philadelphia Pa. in 1854; Michael Beehan settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Patrick Beagan settled in Philadelphia in 1846; and others.
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