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The name Brannigan in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Branagain Sept that is taken from a Gaelic word that translates as 'raven'. The Sept was located in Counties Monaghan and Armagh where the majority of descendants bearing this name can still today be found. Branigan and Brangan are variants
Spelling variations include: Branagan, Branigan, Brangan, Brangen, Branghan, Branikan and many more.
First found in in the counties of Armagh and Monaghan and were a part of the Cenel Eoghain (Clann Owen) one of the important septs (clanns) who are descended from Eoghan (Owen) son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, perhaps the greatest of all Irish General Kings whose history makes King Arthur's romances pale.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Felix, Francis, James, John, Lawrence, Michael, Patrick, and Thomas Branagan, who arrived in Philadelphia Pa. between 1834 and 1870; John Branagan settled in Charleston in 1796; Patrick Branagen arrived in Philadelphia in 1841; Felix Branagen settled in Maryland and others.
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