The surname Brien is of English origin.The name is derived from the Old Celtic name Brian,which apparently contains the element ‘bre-‘ hill,probably with the transferred sense ’eminence’.Breton bearers of this name were among the Normans who invaded England in 1066,from were they went on to invade and settle Ireland in the twelfth century.There the name mingled with a native Irish form of it ,borne in particular by one of the greatest Irish families,descendants of Brian Boru,who rose to the high kingship of Ireland in 1002.Brian Boru the greatest of the independent kings of Ireland,was killed at Clontarf in 1014 during the battle which finally destroyed the power of the Norseman (or Danes as they are often called) in Ireland.This native Irish name had also been borrowed by Vikings,who introduced it independantly into north western England before the Norman Conquest.The name dates back to the tenth century were a Radulfus filius Brien is recorded in historical archives.The name was brought to America by English immigrants.One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to America i… Coat of arms: Azure on a cross or, a cinque…
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