Show ContentsBrawn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Brawn are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from Hildebrand,, an Old Norman name which means fiery sword.

Early Origins of the Brawn family

The surname Brawn was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Brawn family

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Brawn Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Brawn family name include Brawne, Brawn, Brawnes and others.

Early Notables of the Brawn family (pre 1700)

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Brawn Ranking

In the United States, the name Brawn is the 18,320th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Brawn family to Ireland

Some of the Brawn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Brawn migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Brawn surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Brawn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andries Brawn, who landed in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Stephen Brawn, aged 37, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Peter Brawn who settled in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Peter Brawn, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]
  • Andreas Brawn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [2]
Brawn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E Brawn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Australia Brawn migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brawn Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Brawn, (b. 1768), aged 24, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 6th August 1792, sentenced for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the ship "Ganges" in August 1796 to New South Wales, Australia [3]
Brawn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Brawn who was convicted in Devon, England for life, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

New Zealand Brawn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brawn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Brawn, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 18th November 1863 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brawn (post 1700) +

  • Ross Brawn, British engineer, known for his role with Ferrari's Formula One car construction (1996-2006)

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  2. 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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  4. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 8th February 2021 from
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook