Last name origins & meanings:
- English (of Norman origin): habitational name (de
Brionne) from either of two places called Brionne in northern
France (in Eure and Creuse).
- Irish and English: from the Celtic
personal name Brian (see O’Brien). Breton bearers of
this name were among the Normans who invaded England in 1066, and they
went on to invade and settle in Ireland in the 12th century, where the
name mingled with the native Irish name Brian. This native
Irish name had also been borrowed by Vikings, who introduced it
independently into northwestern England before the Norman Conquest.
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