Brownfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Brownfield as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in either of two settlements called Brownlee in the counties of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.
Early Origins of the Brownfield family
The surname Brownfield was first found in Belton, in Lincolnshire, where conjecturally they were descended from Gautier d'Aincourt, who was of Royal blood, related to King William's younger brother, a Norman Baron who was granted those lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brownfield family
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Brownfield Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Brownfield has been spelled Brownlee, Brownlea, Brownlie, Brownlees, Brownley, Brownlow, Brownless, Brownlee, Brunlee, Brunlees, Brownleis, Brounley and many more.
Early Notables of the Brownfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brownfield family to Ireland
Some of the Brownfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Brownfield migration to the United States
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
Brownfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joe Brownfield, who settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife
- John Brownfield, who landed in Georgia in 1735 
- James Brownfield, who settled in Georgia in 1745
Brownfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Reynold Brownfield, aged 24, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1910
- Robert L. Brownfield, aged 31, who arrived in America, in 1910
- Alfred Brownfield, aged 37, who arrived in America, in 1917
- Bert Brownfield, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1917
- Dorothy Brownfield, aged 18, who arrived in America, in 1920
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Brownfield migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brownfield Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Mable Brownfield, aged 33, who arrived in Kingston, Ont., Canada, in 1913
- Marjory Brownfield, aged 23, who arrived in Kingston, Ont., Canada, in 1913
Contemporary Notables of the name Brownfield (post 1700)
- Troy Brownfield, American comic book writer, journalist, and college professor
- William R. Brownfield (b. 1952), American Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (2011), former Ambassador to Colombia, Chile and Venezuela
- Louisa Brownfield (b. 1984), birth name Louisa Brownfield, an English three-time bronze medalist netball player
- Major-General Harold Oswald Neville Brownfield (1894-1958), Head of the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington (1946-1947) 
- ^ 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)
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 15) Harold Brownfield. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Brownfield/Harold_Oswald_Neville/Canada.html