Last name: Brown

Recorded in many spellings from Brown, Broune, and De Bruyn, to Brauner, Bruni and Brunet, this ancient and prolific surname derives, from a pre 7th century Germanic and Anglo-Saxon word "brun" or the Olde Norse personal name "Bruni". Originally this name would probably have been a nationlistic or tribal nickname for a person with a brown complexion or hair, although it may also have referred to someone who habitually wore brown clothing, such as a monk or cleric. The baptismal name as Brun or the latinized Brunus, was a popular name in the period upto the introduction of surnames in the 12th century, see below. Irish name holders derive from 12th century Norman sources. In the west the Browne's are the descendants of a knight called " Hugo le Brun", amd form one of the ancient "Tribes of Galway", as recorded in the "Annals of the nine kings". The Browne's of Killarney form a separate branch and are descended from a later Elizabethan settler. Amongst the early surname recordings are those of Hugh Bron of Stafford, England, in the year 1274, and Hugo Brun of Erfurt, Germany, in 1407. Christopher Browne is recorded as being one of the very first settlers in the new American colonies. In the very first listing of the colonists of New England he is shown to be "living in Virginea, on February 16th 1623".The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is probably that of William le Brun, which was dated 1169, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Northumberland, England. This was during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The church builder", 1154 - 1189.

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Logan Brown

Really interesting

Holly Louise
Quite interesting, but clearly not a narrow-down of my family of origin. "Brown" could seemingly be from anywhere. Mine was supposedly from Scotland, but sadly no one's left to confirm this. The personalities in my heritage certainly were rather British, Scottish and Irish, however.

Leslie brown

My family browns are all from Ireland

Ethan Brown

Well if it was spelt 'Brown' it was most likely from England although if it was spelt 'Browne' it was most likely Irish/Scottish, Some others could include the last name 'Braun' which is very Germanic and is mainly found in Germany although occasionally in England because of the Anglo-Saxons. I hope that helped, I tried to put in my limited knowledge in the last name of Brown :)

Hi I am researching Browns that came to Australia before 1805. My ancestor James Brown dob 1805 to 1868 married Hannah surname unknown children Harriet married James Thomas.....anyone links to Browns to Australia pre 1800's???

sounds similiar, I'll check the history dad did, maybe a link

katelin sherbet
um hi everyone if you wanna look up my really cool ansestor than her name is issabell worothhog. i know it is weird but she was soooooooooooooooooooo awsome. her husband who was my great times 10 grandfather was epic to he was called herbet sherbet. so weird agian but o well please can you look them up pleaseeeeeeeee. when they got married they both were issabell sherbet and herbet sherbet k thanks.

Jim Brown
check this book out has everything you need to know about the Scottish Browns (Broun) in the book, also check out the 13th baronet Brown of Coulson the current clan chief although Brown is a lowland family

Thanks Jim,
My mothers maiden name is Brown and she tells me her fathers father was from Scottland so she will be super interested in this book/link. Most of my grandfathers deceased family members are buried at a tiny cemetery in a old gold mining town in central Victoria, Australia called Rheola.
My grandfathers name was Clifford John Brown.

myrna arens
I beleive my ggrandmother was Irish Francis Elisha Brown born around:1864? She was 10yrs older than my ggrandfather Thomas Joseph Leeming born: 1874

Sandra Pearson
Hi My gran was Ann Hannah Brown, born around 1873 in the durham city area (UK). when she got married her married name was Atkinson. My mam was born 1910 and was also Ann Hannah, but Atkinson. Does anyone know the browns or atkinsons from Pittington, Durham in the uk.

katelin humphrey
hi im 10 11 this year what about you and my mum is called louise brown if you wanna look her up and how old are you? Were do you live and if you reply i will tell you were i live k thanks. p.s. wanna be friends if your about my age plz and plz means please k read this plz or please

shawn brown
i keep on seeing brown come up in the irish names , i have found that we are scotirish, still looking for answeres

does the surname brown descend from romany gypsy people ?


Emily Kenneth
My Grandma is Jean Ellen Brown from Nottingham, England

carol wheeldin warren
To Adelia Collins, Would like to communicate w/you re: BROWN surname in KY. My ggrandmother was CHARATA BROWN, mulatto, listed as born 1833 NC, altho I suspect KY or TN. Sincerely, carol wheeldin warren.

Adella Collins
My name is Adella (Brown) Collins and my father is a "Brown" hence my maiden last name, but his dad's name is Bob "Bobby" Brown and his dad was William Brown of Kentucky, William later maried a lady named "Evie Gertrude "Gertie" Welchel" also from Kentucky. they have native american descent in them from both the choctaw and cherokee tribes but I don't know anymore more than that...PLEASE HELP ME! if you know of whom I'm talking about please message me, I want to know!!! please and Thank you. William was born in 1888 and died in 1966 in Fresno, CA and Great-Grandma Gertie was born in 1891 and died in 1942.

carol wheeldin warren
Hope to hear from you.

twyla brown
hi adella i hope you have luck finding your people i was just on here lookin and just decided to respond and my last name happens to be brown too lol . good luck again!!

carol wheeldin warren
Hi Adella, My BROWNS are of Black/Indian descent and from SC,NC,VA,KY,TN----cannot make ANY CONNECTIONS, BUT keep on HOPING and PRAYING I do. Curious abt your WELCHEL surname here--------contact me if of interest. carol.

Ed Brown
Hello Carol, my farther last name is Brown and his family is from Charleston Carolina

Hey my family are the browns and I am trying to find what Native American tribe we are descendents of.

Brian Brown
i have traced the lineage back to Sir John Browne 1180-1240. Coy and Denver are my grandfathers brothers and are from KY. you can check my lineage data on or contact me via email Vera Mae Brown, Ruby Jewel Brown, Hazel Irene Brown, Denver Brown Coy Brown from KY.

Anyone heard of a North country Englishman name of Brown who married a female (she came to the marriage with issue) name of Brodie in India circa: 1800s - who subsequently emigrated to Australia?

Alex D Brown
Our Kinsmen/ came from Aberdeenshire & Ayrshire of the Lamont & MacMillan Clans...

Barry Brown
Hi Alex mine also David Brown who was a soldier in america and also sent to Australia as a prisoner. Is he related to you

Nick Wood
I am surprised that no mention is made of Scottish Browns or Brauns associated with the MacMillan or Lamont clans. It is the second most common name in Scotland!

I am looking for Michael Brown born 1942 and lived in Tucson, Arizona in the 80s.

Annabel summer Brown
she is sitting next to me

myrna arens
I am looking for the family of Frances Elisa Brown from Nottingham, England?

Noel Brown

My dad said everyone's name was ether Brown, Jones or Smith, until they got so mean they began to call them everything, Ha!