Surname Maps for the Brien Surname in Ireland
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Census Surname Maps for the Brien Surname
Note that it is likely that some Ulster-Scots speakers reported that they only spoke Irish. Both censuses contained a question concerned with whether a person spoke Irish, English or both. No other languages were mentioned.
Surname Counts and Rankings
There were 8,220 with the surname Brien in Ireland in 1901 and 6,444 in 1911.
This ranks the surname 67th in 1901 and 96th in 1911.
Surname Count in Connacht in 1901: 357
Surname Ranking in Connacht in 1901: 324th
Surname Count in Leinster in 1901: 4,306
Surname Ranking in Leinster in 1901: 24th
Surname Count in Munster in 1901: 3,463
Surname Ranking in Munster in 1901: 49th
Surname Count in Ulster in 1901: 94
Surname Ranking in Ulster in 1901: 857th
Religion statistics for Brien in 1901 - Catholic: 98%, Anglican: 1%
Religion statistics for Brien in 1911 - Catholic: 97%, None / Not Given: 1%, Anglican: 1%
Surnames with a similar spelling as Brien.
The numbers in brackets represent the number of people with the given surname in 1901. If the surname is followed by a zero then it only occured in the 1911 census.
Common surnames in areas where Brien is also frequent:
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