Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for 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 Brownshin family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Brownshin family
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Brownshin Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brownshin have been found, including Brownjohn, Browneion, Brownejohn, Bronjohn, Brownjon and many more.
Early Notables of the Brownshin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brownshin family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Brownshin surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: William Brownjohn who arrived in Georgia in 1733.
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