Origin of the Name Brannigan
The origin of the name Brannigan
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name Brannigan
include O'Brannigan and Brangan. These names are derived from the Gaelic O'Branagain sept who were a sept of the Cenel Eoghain.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
This name is translated from Gaelic as meaning 'raven'. They were located in Oriel, being found in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries chiefly in Counties Armagh, Monaghan and Louth. A branch of the sept migrated to Galway about the year 1400 where the name became O'Brangan. A Henry Branigan was recorded as being the Warden of Galway in the year 1497. Another Henry Branigan was an officer in Bellew's regiment in James II's Irish Army. The townland of Ballybranagan in the barony of Kiltartan was named after the County Galway branch.
The Brannigan coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Brannigan descendants.