Last name: Bryant

This interesting surname is of Old Breton-Irish origin, and derives from the Celtic personal name "Brian", of truly ancient ancestry and believed to contain the element "bre", meaning hill or "brigh", strong. Breton bearers of the name were among the Normans who invaded England in 1066, and they later went on to invade and settle in Ireland in the 12th Century, where the name became confused with a native Irish version of it, borne in particular by one of the greatest of Irish septs, descendants of Brian Boru, who rose to the high kingship of Ireland in 1002. This native Irish name had also been borrowed by Vikings, who introduced it independently in North West England before the Norman Conquest. Ralph Brian is noted in the 1205 Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, and Bennet Briant is listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk (1524). In the modern idiom the name can be found as Bryan, Brian, Brien, Bryant, Brient and Briant. On January 13th 1605, John Bryant married Elizabeth Cornishe at the Church of St. John's, Hackney, London. The American poet William Cullen Bryant (1794 - 1878) came of a New England family, being descended from Stephen Bryant, who had settled in Plymouth Colony in 1632. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Brien, which was dated 1160, in the "Feudal Documents from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmund's", Suffolk, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Lily Bryant
Wow... I never knew my last name had so much history! I have finally confirmed that my last name is, in fact, Irish. It's really cool.

My name is Troy Bryant. Interesting trying to figure out how I'm black with this last name.

Brenda Jones
My maiden name is Bryant I am trying to do my family tree my dad is Reggie Bryant from Tompkinsville Ky, his dad was Loyd=LLoyd Bryant he was born 1908 he died at the age of 55 -56, he married Burnette Ross Walden Bryant, I am very interested in finding out more if you think we might be connected or if u know more about my side of Bryants.. They lived at Mud Camp KY then moved to Mud Lick Ky thanks for any help

Janice Hunt
I have had no luck tracing my Bryant roots past 1800's who settled in Ms. My great grandfather was ML Bryant or Marvin Lamar Bryant. I have been told he came from the North Carolina area, but I am not sure about that. I did speak with someone that told me that Henry Ford's wife was a Bryant from that area. I did research and found that some of Clara's sibblings had the same first names as Clara's family. I know these relatives were not the same as Clara's sibblings, but I found it odd that they had some of the same names as Clara Ford. Also, Clara Bryant Ford's family came over on the Mayflower and were aristocrats from England or maybe Ireland(not sure about Ireland.)

Janice Hunt
Sorry, I made a mistake … It is suppose to be "I found that some of Clara Bryant Ford's sibblings had the same names as some of my relatives in Mississippi."

Richard C Bryant
Hello I would like to say what a pleasure to read all the interesting comments , especially our cousins in the USA. I live in Plymouth UK and my family have for many generations.They have lived here for approx 500 years according to a maiden aunt still living. I am proud to be a Bryant and my forebears. I will try to answer as much as i can but my personal knowledge on the subject is limited

Margaret Ann Bryant Schwuchow
I have traced my Bryant ancestors back to my, John Calhoun Bryant. Born about 1800 in South Carolina. His wife was Matilda Holder from Georgia. My family is in South Carolina. Aiken, Barnwell and Charleston Counties. My father, Alfred Jennings Bryant, Jr. alway told me the family was from Ireland, but they where the "Scots Irish" and where Prodestant. Would love to find more information.

Terris Bryant
I have been trying to locate my dad Woodrow Bryant who was born in Camilla GA and moved to Jacksonville, FL for a while. Haven't been able to catch up with him I live in Florida the panhandle area. Would like to get more information.

Brenda Jones
I am looking for information about the Bryants, my maiden name was Bryant my dad is Reggie Bryant his dad was Loyd bryant from cumberland county ky mud camp area moved to mud lick he married Bruntte Ross walden Loyds dad was Geroge Dick Bryant and he married Zella Tooley. this is as far as i have gotten I would appreciate any help.. Loyd Bryant was born in 1908 in Cumberland County ky..please help thanks

Hello , I am Black and an descendant from Cody C. Bryant and Lydia Gray Bryant. Some of the children died and others moved to Michigan in the early 1900's. I have found the burial site on line and trying to extend my search for family history prior to 1850's in Jasper County, Georgia. If you recognize these names, please contact me. It's amazing to find out that Bryant comes from the Irish so now that further research. I know that my people migrated to Michigan and died .

Julie Bryant Goodman
I am looking for information on Rufus Bryant who married Jamima Jane Hitson. They are from the Graham, Texas Area. He may also have gone by Rudulfus or Rudolphus. Dead end!

K. Bryant
Im a Bryant from Alabama. I have traced back to Edinburgh, where family artisans immigrated to Alabama to grow cotton in the 1700s. They became large plantation owners in west Alabama. With over 20 freed slave worker families on his land, all but one of the families adopted the name as their own. I hope that gives you a possible clue Troy.

I am looking for the bryant out of Parksville Sc Robert Bryant Married Mary White Bryant in the late 1800's to early 1900's Children was Lillian, Mattie,James, Manch, Tom, Robert , Katharine,Barbara, and the history on the Bryant family from the 1800's

Lynnette Bryant
Bryant is my maiden name. My Father was James. Born in Michigan. He was one of two children born to L. and C. Bryant. My grandfather was Lester Bryant which was married to Clara (Shwartz)Bryant. I've always heard we go back to England and Germany. I live in Indiana.

Wayne Bryant
I am a direct relative of Daniel Bryant and Nancy Plummer, Cabin Creek, Lewis Kentucky 1795. Daniel died 1841 from there the name of Daniels father changes or remains Peter O'Briant who married Mary Millikan. Peter was born in 1750 died 1825. Peter's father was John O'Briant, born 1725 and died in 1809 in Mifflin, Ohio, Where did we start? The coat of arms differs from the Bryant's and the O'Briant's. O'Briant started in Ireland, the Bryant name is related to England, can any one help with more family history? I am at a cross road of an awesome story no matter what , most my family resides in Iowa, I live in Florida. Thanks, any help is great!

Anyone related to the Bryant's from evansville Indiana?

Benjamin Bryant

Im with the Bryants from North Carolina my Grandfather was Walter Clayton Bryant

lacey bryant

Hello from California! I'm a Bryant born in Kentucky, with a lot of family in southern Indiana. My grandfather was William bryant, and that's as far back as I know on his side. His children number 10, my father was Charles Edward bryant, the middle son. :)

Johnny Bryant

My name is johnny Bryant and I am from Alabama. My father, Charles Edward Bryant is from Boaz, Alabama. His father Chalmas Bryant (no middle name) was from Gwinnett Georgia. His mother was a full bloodef Cherokee Indian and I do not know my great grandfathers name?


I am a Bryant. My dad is Johnnie Bryant and he is from a large family in Rocky Mountain North Carolina. I think his dad was Robert Bryant. I am trying to trace my Bryant ancestors, slaves, owners and current extended family. tweet me if you have any info or think your related.

Jessica M. Bryant

My name is Jessica Bryant. D.O.B: May, 19 1985 and I live in Floyd CO. Kentucky. My father is John William Bryant. His father was Norman Ray Bryant (deceased 2005) and my great great grandfather was Milford Bryant. Not sure when Milford passed away (possibly around 1998-99?). That's as far as I can remember on the top of my head. I believe some of my family members have traced further back. Most of my family on my dad's side were originally from this area. Some have moved to Florida and North/South Carolina. I was always told by my father that 'Bryant' was Scott/Irish and decedent of King O'brien. At least it says so on a Code of Arms scroll that has hung on our wall since before I was born. I have never read anything else about a King O'brien so I don't know how accurate that it. It was a nice story as a kid being old I was a real princess because I was a decedent of a King. :) If anyone has any real facts to any of this, I would appreciate it greatly. Also, I find it interesting that the majority of the people I encounter outside of my family, with the surname Bryant, are black. My family is Caucasian. We also have a lot of native american blood. I don't know where all the connections come together.

carmen bryant

My name is Carmen Bryant...born september 27 1985...I Was born in New York to Donna Bryant (63-99)who was the daughter of Thomas Bryant died in 03 who was son to Yolanda Bryant born in the late 1800s.... I decided to see whether name frience originally came from and I am very proud to know that I come from such a strong bloodline of stubborn I love it

Julie Bryant
Nice to see so many Bryants. I have three aunts and one uncle who live in the area outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a few cousins. My brother and I are the only Bryants now as my father passed away in 1994. I've been told the name means the family on the top of the hill, which kind of goes with this.

Heidi Van Curen
My grandmother's maiden name is Bryant. Her family is from PEI Canada. My Great grandparents are from Ireland. My Great uncle's grandson (so I guess a cousin) is Kris Bryant who plays on the Chicago cubs

Thomas Stewart Bryant
I know very little about him or his family, but I'm trying to gather some information about the life of my Grandfather, Charles Bryant. He died someplace in the U. K. (probally Yorkshire) about 1910? No results thus far. My father Claude Bryant camels to the U.S from England about 1930 and eventually settled in Westbury, New York, which is where I grew up. I believe my Grandfather may have been from Scotland, that's where my Grandmother's family lived. My name is Tom Bryant, I'm 67 years old, I served in the USMC 66-69 (C Co., 1st battalion, 1st Marines), 23 years with MPDC and another 20 with the Treasury Department in Washington, DC.. It would be great to connect with a relative.

Dakota Lee Bryant
My family is mainly of Native American descent and I'm trying to trace my heritage but it's so hard to find records of Native Americans nowadays