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The name Brownjohn is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person named John who had brown hair or a dark complexion. The personal name John was so common in medieval times that a qualifying adjective became necessary became necessary to distinguish between different people with that name. This was particularly necessary due to the fairly common practice of giving the personal name to all the sons in a family.

Brownjohn Early Origins



The surname Brownjohn was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Brownjohn Spelling Variations


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Brownjohn Spelling Variations



Brownjohn has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Brownjohn, Browneion, Brownejohn, Bronjohn, Brownjon and many more.

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Brownjohn Early History


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Brownjohn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownjohn research. Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1349, 1500, 1676 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Brownjohn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brownjohn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brownjohn Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brownjohns to arrive on North American shores:

Brownjohn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Brownjohn, who landed in America in 1654-1679

Brownjohn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Brownjohn who arrived in Georgia in 1733
  • Benjamin Brownjohn, who arrived in Georgia in 1735-1736

Brownjohn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • China Brownjohn, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brownjohn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brownjohn (post 1700)



  • Robert Brownjohn (1925-1970), American motion picture graphic designer
  • General Sir Nevil Charles Dowell Brownjohn GBE KCB CMG MC (1897-1973), Quartermaster-General to the Forces
  • Alan Brownjohn FRSL (b. 1931), British poet and novelist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Brownjohn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brownjohn 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 10 December 2014 at 14:51.

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