Byrne (variations: Byrnes, O’Byrne, O’Byrnes, Burns, Beirne) meaning raven, is derived from the Irish name Ó Broin, and is the seventh most common last name in Ireland today.
Gaelic form of Byrne, means descendant of Bran. The name has been traced back to ancient Celtic chieftain, Bran Mac Maolmòrrdha, King of Leinster (d. 1052), who belonged to the Uí Dúnlainge dynasty. Along with King Conn of the Hundred Battles, he was descended from Cathair Mor, an earlier king of Leinster, who was also monarch of all Ireland around 200 AD. The clan’s motto is the Latin phrase Certavi et Vici which means “I have fought and conquered”.
Nicholas, is derived from the Greek Νικόλαος (Nikólaos) a combination of the words for victory (νίκη; níkē) and people (λαός; laós). The name can be understood to mean victory of the people or power of the people.
Bernard has a German origin, but was early adopted in France. The meaning of the name is from an old German compound meaning bear-hardy or brave as a bear.
James is derived from the same Hebrew name as Jacob, meaning holds the heel.