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The name Browning is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person with brown hair or a dark complexion. The surname Browning is derived from the Old English word bruning, which was in common usage until the 14th century. This word is itself a derivative of the word brun, which means brown. The name was in usage as a personal name as early as 1086, when Bruning de Cestretona was recorded as a resident of Cumberland.

Browning Early Origins



The surname Browning was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Browning Spelling Variations


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Browning Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Browning have been found, including Browning, Brownyng, Bruning, Brownigg, Brownygg and many more.

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Browning Early History


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Browning Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Browning research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1291, 1328, and 1382 are included under the topic Early Browning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Browning Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Browning Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Browning Notables 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Browning, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Browning Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Browning who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • George Browning settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Geo Browning, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Jon Browning, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Joseph Browning, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Browning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Humph Browning, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Jasse Browning, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • James Browning, who landed in New England in 1720
  • Thus Browning, who landed in Virginia in 1724

Browning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Browning, who landed in New York in 1813
  • H Browning, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mrs. Browning, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A Browning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • C Browning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Browning Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Ann Browning settled in Newfoundland in 1679 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Browning Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Browning, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Browning Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Miss C Browning, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Browning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Browning, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Charles Browning, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  • James Browning, English convict from Huntingdon, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  • Mary Ann Browning, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • John Browning arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Browning Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rebecca Browning, aged 16, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • George Browning arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • F. S. Browning arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • William Browning a painter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • Natchen Browning arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Browning (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Browning (post 1700)



  • Edmond Lee Browning (1929-2016), American bishop, 24th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church
  • James L. Browning Jr. (1933-2016), American jurist, United States Attorney for the Northern District of California from 1969 to 1977
  • Brigadier-General Albert Jesse Browning (1899-1948), American Director Purchases Division Army Services Forces (1942-1944)
  • Chauncey H. Browning (1903-1971), American Democrat politician, Logan County Prosecuting Attorney, 1944-52; Judge of West Virginia supreme court of appeals, 1952-71; Appointed 1952
  • Blanche B. Browning, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Art Browning, American politician, Candidate for Texas railroad commissioner, 2010; Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 130th District, 2012
  • Arba Browning, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold, 1905-06
  • Alverta Browning, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1956
  • Abraham Browning, American Democrat politician, New Jersey State Attorney General, 1845-50; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1864
  • Abial T. Browning (1865-1918), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Franklin, 1907-08; Defeated, 1904, 1910
  • ... (Another 58 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Browning Historic Events


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Browning Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Robert Browning, English Petty Officer Stoker from Ingrow, Yorkshire, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. P A Browning, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Browning


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Suggested Readings for the name Browning



  • Burgess, Mullins, Browning, Brown, and Allied Families by James A. Burgess.
  • The Browning Family History-David C. Browning and His Descendants 1782-1990 by Dottie D. Elliot.

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Citations


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  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Browning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Browning 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.

This page was last modified on 28 November 2016 at 14:09.

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