Brownill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Brownill 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 Brownill family

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

Early History of the Brownill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownill research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275 and 1329 are included under the topic Early Brownill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brownill Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Brownill family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Brownill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Brownill family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Brownell who settled in Massachusetts in 1630 with her husband Thomas.



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print


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