Brennan (surname)

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Brennan
Language(s)English
Origin
Language(s)Irish
DerivationÓ Braonáin
Ó Branáin
Meaning"moisture", "drop"
"little raven"
Region of originIreland
Other names
Variant form(s)Ó Braonáin, Ó Branáin

Brennan is an Irish surname which is an Anglicised form of two different Irish language surnames—Ó Braonáin and Ó Branáin.[1][2][3] Historically, one source of the surname was the prominent clan Ua Braonáin (O'Brennan) of Uí Duach (Idough)[4] in Osraige who were a junior Dál Birn sept stemming from a younger son of Cerball mac Dúnlainge (d.888).[5] Recent surname evaluations highlighted the geographic consistency of this lineage in the barony of Idough.[6][7]

The Irish surname Ó Braonáin, means "descendant of Braonán". The personal name Braonán is derived from a word which means "moisture", "drop". The Irish surname Ó Branáin, means "descendant of Branán". The personal name Branán means "little raven".[8] Brennan is also a given name.

Notable people with the surname include:

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  • Harold Brennan (1905–1979), Australian politician
  • Howard Brennan (1919–1983), witness to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy

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  1. ^ http://www.araltas.com/features/brennan-leinster/
  2. ^ http://www.celticradio.net/php/heraldry/search.php?id=227&branch=Brennan
  3. ^ Grenham, John (1994). The Little Book of Irish Clans. Dublin, Ireland: John Hinde. p. 10. ISBN 0-7858-0083-2.
  4. ^ http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlkik/ihm/ossory.htm
  5. ^ http://www.libraryireland.com/Pedigrees1/Brenan-1-Heremon.php
  6. ^ 1659 Ireland Census map of the name (O)Brennan
  7. ^ Griffith's Valuation map of the name (O)Brennan
  8. ^ [1]


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