The Brownell surname is thought to be a habitational name, created from any of various places in
called Brownell. There was a Brownell in
. These place names in turn come from the Old English "brun,"meaning "brown," and "hyll" meaning "a hill."
from very ancient times. The Brownell surname may even pre-date the
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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