The name Bronjohn comes from a name for a person named John
who had brown hair or a dark complexion. The personal name John
was so common in medieval times that a qualifying adjective became necessary became necessary to distinguish between different people with that name. This was particularly necessary due to the fairly common practice of giving the personal name to all the sons in a family.
Early Origins of the Bronjohn family
The surname Bronjohn was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bronjohn family
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Bronjohn Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bronjohn include Brownjohn, Browneion, Brownejohn, Bronjohn, Brownjon and many more.
Early Notables of the Bronjohn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bronjohn family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bronjohn or a variant listed above: William Brownjohn who arrived in Georgia in 1733.