The English surname Bryan has two distinct origins. The surname may be a patronymic of Anglo-Norman origin from the Old Norse personal name "Brjan", introduced into England by the Normans. It may also be a patronymic of Celtic origin from the Celtic personal name "Brian.” The name is first recorded in England in the 1086 Domesday Book of Essex - "Radulfus filius (son of) Brien". Alan Filius Brian in York. Sir Francis Bryan (d. 1550) knighted for service in the field in 1522, involved in Henry V111's divorce and Lord Marshall of Ireland in 1548.
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