When Bjørn Såmundsson Øyan was born about 1740, in Kviteseid, Telemark, Norway, his father, Saamund Aslaksson, was 34 and his mother, Rannei Jansdatter Tveit, was 33. He married Anne Gudmundsdatter Utsund on 17 November 1765, in Kviteseid, Telemark, Norway. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He died about 1810, in Øyan, Telemark, Norway, at the age of 72.
Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, John Patrick, Dermot, Liam, Paddy, Donovan, Eamon, Eamonn, Kieran, Parnell, Aileen, Brennan.
Irish: shortened form of O'Ryan , an Anglicized form of Ó Riaghain (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Riaghan’, a personal name probably based on the word rí ‘king’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland, though there has been considerable confusion with Regan .
Irish: shortened from Mulryan (Ó Maoilriaghain).