The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Brownjon come from its first bearer, 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 Brownjon family
The surname Brownjon was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Brownjon family
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Brownjon Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brownjon has been spelled many different ways, including Brownjohn, Browneion, Brownejohn, Bronjohn, Brownjon and many more.
Early Notables of the Brownjon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brownjon family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brownjons to arrive in North America: William Brownjohn who arrived in Georgia in 1733.