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O'Brien Surname Origin
The descendant of Brien, i.e., exalted, noble.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
O'Brien Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A O'Brien Family History Thought:
'People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.' --Edmund Burke