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Brownley is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in either of two settlements called Brownlee in the counties of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.

Brownley Early Origins



The surname Brownley 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.

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Brownley Spelling Variations


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Brownley Spelling Variations



Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Brownley has been spelled Brownlee, Brownlea, Brownlie, Brownlees, Brownley, Brownlow, Brownless, Brownlee, Brunlee, Brunlees, Brownleis, Brounley and many more.

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Brownley Early History


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Brownley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownley research. Another 367 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1567, and 1886 are included under the topic Early Brownley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brownley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brownley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brownley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brownley In Ireland


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Brownley In Ireland



Some of the Brownley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Brownley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rich Brownley who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Rich Brownley, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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