Show ContentsBrow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Brow family name comes from a place named by the Viking settlers who arrived in the shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages. The Brow name comes from someone having lived in the places named Overbrough and Netherbrough in Harray, in the Orkney Islands. It is believed that the origins of the Brow name are Norse, but it is not known if the place or personal name came first.

Early Origins of the Brow family

The surname Brow was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Brow family

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Brow Spelling Variations

Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Brow has been spelled Brough, Burgh, Brugh, Broughe, Burghe, Brughe, Bruche and many more.

Early Notables of the Brow family (pre 1700)

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United States Brow migration to the United States +

The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Brow or a variant listed above, including:

Brow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Weston Brow, who arrived in Virginia in 1645 [1]
  • John Brow, who landed in America in 1652 [1]
  • Jahn Brow, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1652 [1]
Brow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Brow, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Margaret Brow, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1774 [1]

Canada Brow migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Sam Brow, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Australia Brow migration to Australia +

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

Brow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Brow, (b. 1785), aged 53, English labourer who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1838 aboard the ship [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brow (post 1700) +

  • Loren G. Brow (1920-1996), nicknamed "Totch," American author of historical accounts of life in the Florida Everglades
  • Scott John Brow (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1993 to 1998
  • Ambrose B. Brow, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Saginaw County 1st District, 1930 [3]

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook