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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.

Brownsmith Early Origins



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

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Brownsmith Spelling Variations


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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.

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Brownsmith Early History


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Brownsmith Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownsmith research. Another 387 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1379, 1447, 1559, 1581, 1694 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Brownsmith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brownsmith Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brownsmith Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brownsmith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brownsmith (post 1700)


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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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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Brownsmith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brownsmith 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 27 February 2014 at 09:33.

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