The name Breslin in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Breaslain Septs that were located in the North West of the country and especially in Counties Donegal, Sligo and Fermanagh, and where the majority of descendants can still today be found. The name is taken from a Gaelic word that translates as 'strife'.
Spelling variations include: Brassil, Brassell, Brassilagh, Breasal, Brazil, Brazell and many more.
First found in in county Armagh where they had been seated from ancient times, they were descended from Fiachrach Casan, the progenitor of the Clann Brassil, he was the son of King Colla da Crioch, one of Ireland's greatest kings, who was banished to the Hebrides in 327 A.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Daniel Brassell who arrived in New York State in 1756; Patrick Brazell arrived in Philadelphia Pa. in 1838; Thomas Breslin settled in Virginia in 1765; Peter Brasslan arrived in New York in 1805; Joseph Brazil ar and others.
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