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Brownjohn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Brownjohn family


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

Early History of the Brownjohn family


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Brownjohn Spelling Variations


Brownjohn has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Brownjohn have been found, including Brownjohn, Browneion, Brownejohn, Bronjohn, Brownjon and many more.

Early Notables of the Brownjohn family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Brownjohn family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Brownjohn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

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

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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  1. ^ 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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