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The Anglo-Saxon name Bronwen comes from its first bearer, who was a person who was called the Brunswine, which meant the brown swine. This nickname, was an early name for the porpoise or a seal.
The surname Bronwen was first found in Suffolk, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest in the 11th century.
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. Bronwen has been spelled many different ways, including Brunwin, Brunswin, Brunwinus, Brunwyn, Brounwyne and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bronwen research. Another 425 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1247, 1276, 1327, 1500, and 1801 are included under the topic Early Bronwen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bronwen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Bronwens to arrive in North America: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
The Bronwen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bronwen 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.
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