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When the Strongbownian's arrived in Ireland
there was already a system for creating patronymic
names in place. Therefore, the native population regarded many of the Anglo-Norman naming practices that these settlers were accustomed to as rather unusual. Despite their differences, the two different systems eventually merged together rather insidiously. The Strongbownians, when they arrived, displayed a preference for used nickname
surnames. Two of the most prevalent forms were oath nicknames and imperative names. Oath names often carried blessings or were formed from habitual expressions. Imperative names, formed from a verb added to a noun or an adverb, metaphorically described the bearer's occupations. The nick name surname Browne is derived from a nickname for a person with brown hair or a tanned complexion, or a person who favored brown clothing. The surname Browne is derived from the Old English word brun or the Old French word brun, which both mean brown, and are both ultimately of Germanic origin. The Gaelic forms of the name are De Brún or le Brún. The latter form is considered to be correct.
The surname Browne was first found in County Galway
. The first Browne to settle in Ireland
was descended from the Counts of Marche in Pictou, in Normandy
. Hugh le Brun married Isabel, the widow of King John, and their son, William de Valence was created Earl of Pembroke. Sir Hugh le Brun was one of the Lords of the Marches of Wales
. His grandson, Sir William landed in Ireland
in 1172 during the Norman invasion
, and his son, Fromond le Brun, was Chancellor of Ireland
in 1230. From Fromond was descended Sir David who built the Castle of Carrowbrowne in Oranmore. This became the senior branch of the Brownes of Galway.
During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Browne, Brownes and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Browne research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1705, 1757, 1608, 1634, 1635, 1585, 1656, 1610, 1670, 1668, 1638, 1694, 1594, 1633 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Browne History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Geoffrey Browne (died 1608), Alderman of Galway
, Mayor of Galway
(1634-1635), member of the Tribes of Galway; Sir Dominick Browne (c.1585-1656), Irish merchant and landowner; Mother Mary Bonaventure Browne (ca.1610-1670), member of the...
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Browne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families
often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca.
The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Browne:
Browne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robart Browne, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
- Peter Browne, who landed in Virginia in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower" from Surrey, England
- Rebecca Browne, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
- Weston Browne, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
- Abraham Browne, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1630
Browne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Ducksell Browne, who landed in Virginia in 1703
- Benjamin Browne, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1712
- Marke Browne, who landed in Virginia in 1716
- Francis Browne, who arrived in Virginia in 1723
- Martin Browne, aged 34, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
Browne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Browne, who landed in America in 1806
- Bridget Browne, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
- James Browne, who landed in Aranzazu or Copano, Tex in 1829
- F A Browne, aged 45, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
- J B Browne, aged 26, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1843
Browne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Edmond Browne, who arrived in Colorado in 1907
Browne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Thomas Browne, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Jer Browne, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
- Mr. Henry Browne U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of Cape Ann Association CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- Abram Browne, who landed in Quebec in 1784
- Alex Browne, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
Browne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Michael Browne, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
- John Browne, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
- Johanna Browne, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
- Johanah Browne, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
- Peggy Browne, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
Browne Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Miss M E Browne, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
Browne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Browne, a painter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Joseph Browne, a baker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- T. Browne, a wheelwright, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William Browne, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William James Browne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
Browne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- G Browne landed in Mercury Bay, New Zealand in 1830
- Thomas Browne, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- Annie Browne, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- David Browne arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
- John Browne, aged 32, a sawyer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
- Malcolm Browne (1931-2012), American journalist and photographer, recipient of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize
- Brigadier-General Frederick William Browne (1875-1960), American Assistant Budget Officer War Department (1939-1944)
- Olin Douglas Browne (b. 1959), American professional golfer
- Dik Browne (1917-1989), American popular cartoonist, best known for writing and drawing Hägar the Horrible and for drawing Hi and Lois
- Charles Farrar Browne (1834-1867), American humorist
- Jackson Browne (b. 1948), American rock music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist
- Terence Browne (1873-1952), 9th Marquess of Sligo, Irish peer
- Arthur Browne (1867-1951), 8th Marquess of Sligo, Irish peer
- George Browne (1856-1935), 6th Marquess of Sligo, Irish peer
- Henry Ulick Browne (1831-1913), 5th Marquess of Sligo, Irish peer
- Mrs. Rose Sarah Browne (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mr. Robert H P Browne (b. 1909), English Lieutenant (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Suffolk, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. E. Bennett Browne, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Brown (Browne) and the Descendants in Carolina Today by Joseph Parsons Brown.
- Browne-Schutt Ancestral Lines by Jessie Bruce Smith Ornes.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
Fortiter et fideliterMotto Translation:
Boldly and faithfully.
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
- McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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- MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
- Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
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The Browne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Browne 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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