Brien:

households in Griffith's Valuation (1847-64)






VARIANTS


SURNAME
TOTAL
Breen 947
Brian 48
Brien 3300
Brine 4
Bryan 1410
Bryans 49
Bryne 2
Bryon 2
O'Brian 3
O'Brien 3654
O'Brine 2
O'Bryan 10
 
 
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SURNAME DICTIONARY/ SLOINNTE NA h-EIREANN

Breen Very numerous: Fermanagh & Ulster generally, Dublin, South East, Mid-West. Ir. Mac Braoin, a sept of Kilkenny and Ó Braoin, septs of the Midlands & Roscommon.This name occurs as O'Brien and Bruen in some areas. Braon, an early personal name. IF.
Brian rare: Down etc. Ir. Ó Briain, but in this case, Scottish. The personal name Brian was popular amongst the Normans who got it from their Breton allies and so it found its way to Scotland independently of its Irish currency. SS & GPN.
Brien fairly numerous: Dublin etc. See Bryan and O'Brien.
Bryan numerous: Ulster, Dublin, Cork, South East. Anglo-Norman associated with Kilkenny. The prevalence in Fermanagh suggests Mac Braoin, a branch of Mac Manus, but the large numbers in the Belfast area are likely to be of Scottish origin.
Mac Braoin Breen, Mac Brien: Is deacair idirdealú le Ó Braoin ach bhí clann Mac Braoin in Osraí agus is cosúil gur leo-san a bhaineann na Braonaigh san Oir-Deisceart. Bhí dream eile i bhFear Manach. Bhí clann bheag in oirthear Luimnigh sa 16 céad. IF.
O'Brien Very numerous: all areas, most in Munster and Leinster. Ir. Ó Briain. Leading sept of Thomond (Clare-Limerick), owing prominence to Brian Boru, High-King 1002-1014 A.D. The first name Brian is an old Celtic one, meaning perhaps "noble". GPN.
O'Bryan rare: Ulster. Variant of O'Brien, q.v.
Táilliúir Taylor: an-líonmhar gach treo - i gCúige Uladh go speisialta. Sloinne Sasanach a tháinig ar dtús sa 13 céad ach ní foláir gur sa 17 céad a nocht siad in Ultaibh. Fuair an Francis Taylor, bardasach de chuid Ath Cliath bás an mháirtírigh i 1621.
Ó Braoin Very rare: Ir.Lang. See Breen.
Ó Braoin Breen, Bruen: an-líonmhar ar fud na tíre: Fear Manach, Oir-Deisceart & Meán-Iarthair ach go h-áirithe; Bruen i gConnachta. Luann de Bhulbh ceithre chlann in áiteanna éagsúla - an dream ba mhó suite gar d' Áth Luain. Bhí clann eile bunaithe i Ráth Bhoth, Tír Chonaill. An bhrí atá aige ar an ainm Braon ná "brón".
Ó Briain Quite numerous: Dublin etc. Ir.Lang. See O'Brien.
Ó Briain O'Brien: an-líonmhar ar fad, go h-áirithe sa Chlár agus Luimneach. Shíolraigh an Brianaigh ó Bhrian Bóirmhe, "Imperator Scotorum". Ceann de chlanna móra na h-Éireann a bhí pháirteach i stair na tíre (ní i gcónaí ar an dtaobh cheart) ó Chath Chluain Tarbh go dtí an lá inniu. Ceiltis, Brigonos, uasal. GPN, SGG, IF &MIF.
 

COUNTY BREAKDOWN

Brien households in each county in the Primary Valuation property survey of 1847-64.
Click on a county name for a breakdown of the number of households by parish (paying).
  Antrim 2 Armagh 6
  Carlow 102 Cavan 35
  Clare 29 Cork 806
  Cork city 33 Derry 7
  Donegal 8 Down 9
  Dublin 58 Dublin city 17
  Fermanagh 17 Galway 52
  Kerry 169 Kildare 78
  Kilkenny 60 Laois 40
  Leitrim 12 Limerick 72
  Limerick city 5 Longford 3
  Louth 3 Mayo 6
  Meath 179 Monaghan 32
  Offaly 92 Roscommon 21
  Sligo 2 Tipperary 628
  Tyrone 21 Waterford 306
  Westmeath 43 Wexford 229
  Wicklow 118