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Brownle Surname History



In ancient Scotland, Brownle was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in either of two settlements called Brownlee in the counties of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.


Early Origins of the Brownle family


The surname Brownle 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 Brownle family


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Brownle Spelling Variations


In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Brownle has been spelled Brownlee, Brownlea, Brownlie, Brownlees, Brownley, Brownlow, Brownless, Brownlee, Brunlee, Brunlees, Brownleis, Brounley and many more.

Early Notables of the Brownle family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Brownle family to Ireland


Some of the Brownle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Brownle family to the New World and Oceana


Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them: Rich Brownley who settled in Barbados in 1635; Luke Brownlie settled in Virginia in 1639; Alice, Ann, George, James, Jane, John Brownlee settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1770.

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