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The names Bresnahan, Brosnan and Bresnan in Ireland are derived from the native Gaelic O'Brosnachain sept that was located in County Kerry in the South of the country. The name is most likely taken from the small townland of Brosna that is located in that region.
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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