Show ContentsBrownhill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Brownhill surname is thought to be a habitational name, created from any of various places in England called Brownell. There was a Brownell in Yorkshire, in Cheshire, and in Staffordshire. These place names in turn come from the Old English "brun,"meaning "brown," and "hyll" meaning "a hill." [1]

Early Origins of the Brownhill family

The surname Brownhill was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Brownhill surname may even pre-date the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Brownhill family

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Brownhill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brownell, Brounell, Brownel and others.

Early Notables of the Brownhill family

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United States Brownhill migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brownhill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Brownhill, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [2]

Australia Brownhill migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brownhill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Brownhill, British Convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. John Brownhill, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]

New Zealand Brownhill migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brownhill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jessie Brownhill, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [5]

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook