Brownejohn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Brownejohn. It was given to 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 Brownejohn family
The surname Brownejohn was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Brownejohn family
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Brownejohn Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Brownejohn has appeared include Brownjohn, Browneion, Brownejohn, Bronjohn, Brownjon and many more.
Early Notables of the Brownejohn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brownejohn family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Brownejohn arrived in North America very early: William Brownjohn who arrived in Georgia in 1733.