Show ContentsBrownrege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the surname Brownrege were thought to have been a Boernician family in ancient Scotland. They lived in or near one of the towns called Brownrigg, or Brownridge, in England. This surname comes from the Old English words brùn and hrycg, which mean brown and ridge, respectively. This surname was most commonly found in Yorkshire, however, the places called Brownrigg were found in Cumberland. This indicates that the bearer's of the surname Brownrege possibly moved from Cumberland to Yorkshire at some point.

Early Origins of the Brownrege family

The surname Brownrege was first found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from very early times. "The lands of Alanshaw had as one boundary Burnerig (now Brounrig) in the time of Alan the Steward. " [1]

Early History of the Brownrege family

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Brownrege Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Brownrege has been spelled Brownrigg, Brownridge, Burnrig, Brownrig and others.

Early Notables of the Brownrege family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Ralph Brownrigg or Brownrig (1592-1659), Bishop of Exeter (1642 to 1659), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; and Sir...
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Ireland Migration of the Brownrege family to Ireland

Some of the Brownrege family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Brownrege family

The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Brownrege or a variant listed above: Mathew Brownridge settled in Virginia in 1637.

The Brownrege Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute et sapientia
Motto Translation: By virtue and wisdom.

  1. 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) on Facebook