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

In most instances, the Brown family name came to England with the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. Deriving from the Old French, Middle English "brun," it was originally a nickname for someone who may have had brown hair, brown eyes, or perhaps even dressed habitually in brown. It is also possible that some instances of the name in Britain derived from a short form of an Old English personal name of Germanic roots, such as Brunwine or Brungar.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Brown, Broun, Brun and others.

First found in Cumberland, where the Brown family held a family seat from very early times, having been granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. This region vacillated between Scottish and English rule until the mid-12th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brown research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1685, 1630, 1688, 1771, 1810, 1800, 1859 and are included under the topic Early Brown History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 135 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Brown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brown Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edmund Brown, who arrived in New England in 1637
  • Chad Brown, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Debora Brown, who landed in Virginia in 1647
  • Hester Brown, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • In Brown, who landed in Virginia in 1653


Brown Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Ellinor Brown, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Duksell Brown, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Bridgett Brown, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Ellen Brown, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Christ Brown, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729


Brown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Godlip Brown, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Biddy Brown, aged 38, landed in America in 1803
  • Barbara Brown, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Widow Brown, aged 60, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Hamilton Brown, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1804


Brown Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Edward Alfonso Brown, who arrived in Alabama in 1918
  • Fred Edgerton Brown, who arrived in Alabama in 1925
  • Hannah M Brown, who arrived in Alabama in 1927

Brown Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Danl Brown, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Edwd Brown, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eunice Brown, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Grace Brown, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Abner Brown, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750


Brown Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Bridget Brown, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • Alvah Brown, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Abraham Brown, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Abraham Wing Brown, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Ira Brown, who landed in Canada in 1831


Brown Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • David Brown, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Brown, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Mary Brown, Irish convict from Dublin, who was transported aboard the "Alexander" on November 4, 1815, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Brown, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Brown, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia


Brown Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Alfred N Brown landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • David Brown landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Abraham Brown landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Andrew Brown landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Adam Brown landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant


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  • Ray Brown (1926-2002), American jazz bassist
  • James Brown (1933-2006), American R&B musician known as the "Godfather of Soul"
  • David McDowell Brown (1956-2003), one of the seven astronauts killed when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry
  • Curtis Lee Brown Jr. (b. 1956), former NASA Astronaut with over 1,383 hours in space
  • Angeline Brown (b. 1931), birth name of Angie Dickinson, American two-time Golden Globe Award winning actress
  • Helen Hayes Brown (1900-1993), original name of American Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hayes
  • Clifford Brown (1930-1956), influential and highly rated American jazz trumpeter
  • Carlos Brown (b. 1988), American NFL football running back
  • Henry Kirke Brown (1814-1886), American sculptor
  • Herbert Charles Brown (b. 1912), American chemist and Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate for his work with organoboranes

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  • Burgess, Mullins, Browning, Brown, and Allied Families by James A. Burgess.
  • Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Marion Murphy and Anna Jane Brown by Lera Murphy Johnson.
  • Brown and Sayre Ancestry; Three Centuries in Northern New Jersey by Mortimer Freeman Sayre.
  • Brown (Browne) and the Descendants in Carolina Today by Joseph Parsons Brown.
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The Brown Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brown 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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