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This interesting surname has two possible origins. The first is a patronymic from the male given name "Brice", i.e. "son of Brice". Brice is a pet form of the Welsh name "Rhys", meaning rashness; an ancient namebearer being King Rhyence of North Wales, whose hobby of collecting the beards of his rivals to trim his cloak proved his undoing when he attempted to complete his collection with King Arthur's. The name may also be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O Briosain", an altered version of "O'Muirgheasain" (Morrissey), meaning "son of Muirgheasain". In Ireland it originated in Ulster, particularly in Counties Donegal and Derry...

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Wayne T Bryson

I am looking for information on James Henry Bryson who left Ireland and went to Lancaster County Pennsylvania sometime around 1800. He had three son who all were in the printing business and ended up in Philadelphia. I am not sure from where in Ireland he may have come. Our family going back is Methodist and I know that a lot of Irish in Ulster are not primarily because of a lot coming from Scotland initially. Any thing you know would be terrific Wayne T Bryson


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