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The name Brennan in Ireland is derived from six distinct Septs making it one of the fifty most frequently found names in the country. The native Gaelic O'Braonain Septs were widespread and located in Counties Kilkenny, Galway and Kerry.
Spelling variations include: Brennan, McBrennan, Brannon, Brannan, Brannen, Brannin and many more.
First found in in county Kilkenny where they were seated from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: James Brennan, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Potomac in 1731 Timothy Branen who settled in Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1744, Laurence Brennan was on record as a labourer in St. John's Newfoundland in 1779, Michael Brennan, a fisherman in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1794, David Brennan, who arrived in Maryland in 1774, as well as a John Brennan, who arrived on a ship at New York in 1810 at age 27. There are several places in Newfoundland named after the Brennans, such as, Brennan Point, and Brennans Hill. Bearers of this name arrived in great numbers in the United States through the ports in such places as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York throughout the 19th century .
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