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This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic 'O'Beachain', meaning descendant of Beachan, a personal name from a diminutive of 'beach', bee. The O'Behans originally came from the juncture of Counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois, and they were notable principally as a literary family, two of whom were mentioned in the Annals of Loch Ce and the Four Masters as eminent historians, they were Conor O'Behan (died 1376) and Donal O'Behan (died 1411). O'Beacain was an older form of the name, while Beahan, Beaghan and Bean are occasional variants; in County Kerry the Munster tendency to emphasize the last syllable has made it Behane...
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    Patrick Bahen (Beahen) gg grandfather Not sure if he was famous born? late 1700s married Richard Buckey or Bookey daughter. His son John born 1823 emigrated to Canada 1842 not sure if Patrick came also. Norma in Canada


    all i know is i am the person ta will continue the behan bloodline ad my great grandma died unfortunate o im the last behan left

    Norman Behan

    i can go back to Rathfarham Dublin 1850 thomas Behan married Mary Cody ,there son James married Sarah Mangan 1877 also Rathfarham,there sonMathew my Grandad married Mary Ellen Forde 1905 dublin city, it looks like the family moved into the city late 1800s maybe around the time of the famine.My dad was James behan Married my Mam Ellen[Eileen]nee Byrne 1941.


    Patrick Bahen emigrated to Canada 1842 with family .The only child's name I know was John my great great grandfather born 1823 Ireland ,. The family has a note saying Patrick Bahen married Richard Buckey daughter, Richard was piked the night of the Roman Rebellion. That's all I know about my Irish connection. I would appreciate a response if you are able to help fill in gaps for our family. Norma

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    David, I have some information on the descendants of Jeremiah and Catherine Flynn Behan, although I haven't been able to find ancestors. Let me know if you'd like to get in contact and share information!

    David Auger

    I am building a Family Tree through Ancestry and came across a relative named Mary Ellen Behan born about 1814 in Co Tipperary, Ireland and passed away in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - looks like her parents were Jeremiah Behan and Catherine Flynn both born in 1790 - might have been married to Thomas George Edge in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - would like to hear from anyone who know more about these families. Thanks


    My Grand Father Bernard Behan was born December 1890 in Tyrrellspass, Westmeath to Richard Behan and Mary (Farrell) Behan. He was Web in Dublin in March 1922 to Jane O' Neill. Any Behan's out there linked in Westmeath to me. My fathers name was also Bernard Behan born in Dublin.


    My Grandfather Bernard Behan was born in Westmeath, My Dad Bernard Behan was born in Dublin. And Me Joseph Behan I was born in Dublin
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