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Burns

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Ó Broin, Burns, O'Byrne

 

The surname Burns is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic "Ó Broin" and is another varient of the surname Byrne. Byrnes were originally called O’Byrne. The Gaelic equivalent of O’Byrne was O’Broin which means ‘Descended from Branach’. Branach was known as the son of Maolmórdha, who was King of Leinster in the 11th century. Branach means ‘raven’ which is where the Byrne’s nickname is from.