Origin of the Name Byrne
The ancient history of the name Byrne
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
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 Byrne
include O'Beirne and Burn. Byrne is an Irish surname meaning 'the brook'. The O'Byrnes were driven from their territory in County Kildare at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion and then settled in County Wicklow. There were originally two Septs of the O'Byrnes, one of which sank into obscurity, but the other became of great importance and were noteworthy for their resistance to the English. Their territory was known as Crioch Branach and the Sept was called Ui Broin. Many of these were renowned in the military history of Ireland, the most famous being Feagh or Fiacha MacHugh O'Byrne, 1544-1597, for his part in the escape of Hugh Roe from Dublin Castle.
The Byrne 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 Byrne descendants.