The name Browneion is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Browneion was a name used 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 Browneion family
The surname Browneion was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Browneion family
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Browneion Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Browneion include Brownjohn, Browneion, Brownejohn, Bronjohn, Brownjon and many more.
Early Notables of the Browneion family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Browneion family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Browneion were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William Brownjohn who arrived in Georgia in 1733.