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The Boernician-Scottish Brownrigg family 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 Brownrigg possibly moved from Cumberland to Yorkshire at some point.
The surname Brownrigg was first found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations of Brownrigg include Brownrigg, Brownridge, Burnrig, Brownrig and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownrigg research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1089, 1592, 1659, 1642 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Brownrigg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brownrigg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Brownrigg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Brownriggs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Brownrigg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Brownrigg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Brownrigg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Brownrigg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Brownrigg Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Brownrigg Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Brownrigg Historic Events
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.
The Brownrigg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brownrigg 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 18 February 2015 at 13:15.