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In ancient Scotland, Brownlee was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in either of two settlements called Brownlee in the counties of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.
The surname Brownlee was first found in Belton, in Lincolnshire, where conjecturally they were descended from Gautier d'Aincourt, who was of Royal blood, related to King William's younger brother, a Norman Baron who was granted those lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Brownlee has been spelled Brownlee, Brownlea, Brownlie, Brownlees, Brownley, Brownlow, Brownless, Brownlee, Brunlee, Brunlees, Brownleis, Brounley and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownlee research. Another 367 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1567, and 1886 are included under the topic Early Brownlee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Brownlee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Brownlee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:
Brownlee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Brownlee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Brownlee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Brownlee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Brownlee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brownlee 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.
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