Browning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Browning family

The surname Browning was first found in Cumberland but by the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name had scattered throughout most of ancient Britain. By example, that rolls listed Henry Brunwyne, Staffordshire; John Brunwyn, Suffolk; Richard Brunwyn, Lincolnshire; Avice Bruning, Cambridgeshire; John Bruning, Norfolk; Roger Bruning, London; and Ivo Brunig, Huntingdonshire. [1]

Kirby's Quest listed the name as a forename and a surname: Brounyng le Fox, Somerset, 1 Edward I; and Brounyng Bycheheye, Somerset, 1 Edward I (during the first year of King Edward I's reign.) [2]

As time moved on, spellings changed. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Agnes Brownyng, a spelling closer to the spellings used today. [1]

A little further to the north in Scotland, early records there included John Brwnyng, as one of the "burgenses rure manentes" of Aberdeen, 1317, and "Sir John Browning was sheriff there in 1328. Willelmus Bronnyng in the parish of Fyvy was excommunicated in 1382. " [3]

Early History of the Browning family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Browning research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1291, 1273, 1328, 1382, 1647, 1667, 1682, 1584, 1658, 1580, 1634, 1639, 1639 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Browning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Browning family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Browning ( fl. 1584), English divine, matriculated as a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge, on 14 Nov. 1658. On 8 July 1580 Browning was created D.D. at Oxford. Another John Browning was...
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United States Browning migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Geo Browning, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Jon Browning, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Joseph Browning, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
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Browning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Humph Browning, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • Jasse Browning, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • James Browning, who landed in New England in 1720 [4]
  • Thus Browning, who landed in Virginia in 1724 [4]
Browning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Browning, who landed in New York in 1813 [4]
  • H Browning, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • Mrs. Browning, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • A Browning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • C Browning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Browning migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Browning Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Ann Browning, who settled in Newfoundland in 1679 [5]
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

Australia Browning migration to Australia +

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

Browning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Browning, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • George Browning, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Charles Browning, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • James Browning, English convict from Huntingdon, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mary Ann Browning, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
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New Zealand Browning 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:

Browning Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rebecca Browning, aged 16, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • George Browning, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Mr. George Browning, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854 [10]
  • Mrs. Browning, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854 [10]
  • Mr. William Browning, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Browning (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), née Moulton-Barrett, one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era, perhaps best known for her poems "How Do I Love Thee?" (1845) and Aurora Leigh (1856) [11]
  • 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) [12]
  • Orville Hickman Browning (1806-1881), American politician, U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1866-69)
  • John Moses Browning (1855-1926), American gunsmith and the most important figure in the development of modern automatic and semi-automatic firearms and is credited with 128 gun patents
  • 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 [13]
  • Blanche B. Browning, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956 [13]
  • Art Browning, American politician, Candidate for Texas railroad commissioner, 2010; Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 130th District, 2012 [13]
  • Arba Browning, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold, 1905-06 [13]
  • ... (Another 60 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert Browning, English Petty Officer Stoker from, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. P A Browning, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert J. Browning, American Seaman Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Tilmon David Browning, American Seaman First Class from West Virginia, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]


Suggested Readings for the name Browning +

  • 694 "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.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Albert Browning. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Browning/Albert_Jesse/USA.html
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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