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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Where did the English Brawner family come from? What is the English Brawner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brawner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brawner family history?

The name Brawner is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from Hildebrand,, an Old Norman name which means fiery sword.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brawner has been spelled many different ways, including Brawne, Brawn, Brawnes and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brawner research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1604 is included under the topic Early Brawner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Brawner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Brawner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brawners to arrive in North America:

Brawner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Brawner, who landed in Arkansas in 1860
  • Thos Brawner, who arrived in Arkansas in 1860

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  • Don Jay "Djay" Brawner (b. 1981), American director of music videos, film, and television
  • Clint Brawner (1916-1987), American Indycar Chief Mechanic
  • Romeo Aliac Brawner (b. 1935), Filipino public official who served as a Commissioner of the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from 2005 to 2008


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The Brawner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brawner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 December 2014 at 11:28.

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