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Brownsmith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brownsmith is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a worker in copper and brass. The surname Brownsmith is derived from the Old English words brun, which means brown, and refers to the color of the metals used, and smith, which means smith.

Early Origins of the Brownsmith family

The surname Brownsmith was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Brownsmith family

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Brownsmith Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Brownsmith include Brownsmith, Brounesmyth, Brounsmyth, Bronesmyth, Bronsmyth and many more.

Early Notables of the Brownsmith family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Brownsmith family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Brownsmith were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.

Contemporary Notables of the name Brownsmith (post 1700)

  • John Leman Brownsmith (1809-1866), English chorister, lay-clerk, and assistant organist at Westminster Abbey

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