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The name Breen in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic Mac Braoin Sept that was located in County Kilkenny. From there they settled into neighbouring Counties, especially County Wexford. The Sept O'Braoin of County Westmeath also anglicized their name as Breen as well as the more usual.
Spelling variations include: Breen, Breene, Brean, Breane, Bruen, Brawney, O'Breen and many more.
First found in in county Kilkenny, Ireland, where they were seated from very ancient times.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: John Breene who settled in New York in 1803; the family also settled in Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, in the 19th century, and Roger Breene settled in Canada in 1847.
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