Origin of the Name Breslin
The ancient history of the name Breslin
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The Irish name Breslin originated in Counties Donegal, Fermanagh and Sligo in the north-western part of Ireland. The Gaelic form of the name is O'Breaslain which was anglicized as Breslin, Breaslain and Breslane. This sept possessed territory in the district of the barony of Kilmacrenan called Fanad.
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.
They were one of the principal Brehon families of Ireland and were powerful Chiefs of Fanad up to the fourteenth century but their mastery was partly broken by the MacSweenys. The sept survived though and is still well represented in Donegal in modern times. In the sixteenth century some of the leading Breslin families migrated to County Fermanagh where they pursued their profession as Brehons under the MacGuires. The other smaller sept of the name were a branch of the Hy Fiachrach whose territory lay in Killanley, County Sligo.
The Breslin 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 Breslin descendants.