Broun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In most instances, the Broun family name came to England with the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. Deriving from the Old French, Middle English "brun," it was originally a nickname for someone who may have had brown hair, brown eyes, or perhaps even dressed habitually in brown. It is also possible that some instances of the name in Britain derived from a short form of an Old English personal name of Germanic roots, such as Brunwine or Brungar.

Early Origins of the Broun family

The surname Broun was first found in Cumberland, where the Broun family held a family seat from very early times, having been granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. This region vacillated between Scottish and English rule until the mid-12th century.

Important Dates for the Broun family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broun research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1685, 1630, 1688, 1771, 1810, 1800, 1859 and are included under the topic Early Broun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broun Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brown, Broun, Brun and others.

Early Notables of the Broun family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was John Brown (1627-1685), known as the Christian Carrier, he was a Protestant Covenanter from Priesthill, Ayrshire; Sir Patrick Broun, 1st Baronet of Colstoun (c.1630-1688); Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810), an American...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Broun family to Ireland

Some of the Broun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broun migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Broun Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Broun, who landed in New England in 1651-1652 [1]
  • George Broun, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685 [1]
Broun Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Engel Broun, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Basin Broun, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752-1753 [1]
Broun Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Morris Broun, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • A Broun, aged 19, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1855 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Broun (post 1700)

  • Heywood Orren "Hob" Broun (1950-1987), American author
  • Heywood Hale Broun (1918-2001), American author, sportswriter, commentator and actor
  • Heywood Campbell Broun Jr. (1888-1939), American journalist, sportswriter, newspaper columnist, editor and founder of the American Newspaper Guild, now known as The Newspaper Guild
  • Paul Collins Broun Jr. (b. 1946), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia (2007-)
  • Paul Collins Broun (b. 1946), American Republican politician, Physician ; Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1996; U.S. Representative from Georgia 10th District, 2007- [2]
  • Paul C. Broun (1916-2005), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1963-2001 [2]
  • Beverley Broun, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for West Virginia State Senate 8th District, 1934 [2]
  • John Allan Broun (1817-1879), Scottish magnetician and meteorologist, born on 21 Sept. 1817 at Dumfries where his father kept a preparatory school for the Navy [3]
  • Sir Wayne Broun (b. 1952), 14th Baronet of Colstoun, Scottish peer
  • Sir William Windsor Broun (1917-2007), 13th Baronet of Colstoun, Scottish peer
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
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