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The Brownfield family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Brownfield name reveals that an early member was a person who has brown hair or brown eyes, or dresses habitually in brown. The name springs from similar roots in Old English, Old English, Old Norse, Old French, Old German. It is also possible that a given instance of the name is derived from a short form of an Old English personal name such as Brunwine or Brungar.

Brownfield Early Origins



The surname Brownfield was first found in Cumberland, where the Brownfield family held a family seat and claim descent from Le Brun in Normandy, who was granted many estates there soon after the Conquest. However, many of the family remained in Normandy where Gilbert and William le Brun were listed in 1185. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Some of the family were found at early times at Tacolneston in Norfolk where they held estates. "The Hall, a fine brick mansion, is a good specimen of the domestic style prevalent in the 17th century; it is said to have been built in 1670, by the Browne family, who then held the estate." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And another branch was found in the parish of Thrigby, again in Norfolk. "The principal part [of Thrigby] belongs to Thomas Browne, Esq., who resides at the Hall, a neat mansion of white brick." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Brownfield Spelling Variations


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Brownfield Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Brownfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Brown, Broun, Brun and others.

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Brownfield Early History


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Brownfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownfield research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1443, 1506, 1610, 1669, 1605, 1682, 1610, 1682, 1605, 1682, 1641, 1660, 1634, 1684, 1660, 1661, 1616, 1685, 1661, 1626, 1690, 1659, 1688, 1598, 1668, 1642, 1702, 1685, 1735, 1721 and are included under the topic Early Brownfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brownfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brownfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Anthony Browne (1443-1506), during the reign of King Henry VII, he was Standard Bearer of England, Governor of Queenborough Castle, and Constable of Calais; Sir Richard Browne, 1st Baronet ( ca. 1610-1669), English Major-General in the English Parliamentary Army during the English Civil...

Another 166 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brownfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brownfield In Ireland


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Brownfield In Ireland



Some of the Brownfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Brownfields were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Brownfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joe Brownfield settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife
  • John Brownfield, who landed in Georgia in 1735
  • James Brownfield settled in Georgia in 1745

Brownfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Reynold Brownfield, aged 24, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Robert L. Brownfield, aged 31, who arrived in America, in 1910
  • Alfred Brownfield, aged 37, who arrived in America, in 1917
  • Bert Brownfield, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1917
  • Dorothy Brownfield, aged 18, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brownfield Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mable Brownfield, aged 33, who arrived in Kingston, Ont., Canada, in 1913
  • Marjory Brownfield, aged 23, who arrived in Kingston, Ont., Canada, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brownfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brownfield (post 1700)



  • Troy Brownfield, American comic book writer, journalist, and college professor
  • William R. Brownfield (b. 1952), American Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (2011), former Ambassador to Colombia, Chile and Venezuela
  • Louisa Brownfield (b. 1984), birth name Louisa Brownfield, an English three-time bronze medalist netball player
  • Major-General Harold Oswald Neville Brownfield (1894-1958), Head of the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington (1946-1947)

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Motto



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: Floreat majestas
Motto Translation: Let majesty flourish


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Brownfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brownfield 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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