The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Brownston come from when the family resided in the village of Brownswolds in the Congleton district of Cheshire
county. The name of this settlement was occasionally recorded as Brownsworth.
Early Origins of the Brownston family
The surname Brownston was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Brownston family
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Brownston Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Brownston has been recorded under many different variations, including Brownsword, Brownsworth, Brownswolds, Brownswerd, Brownseworthe, Brownsorde, Brounesword and many more.
Early Notables of the Brownston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brownston family to Ireland
Some of the Brownston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brownston family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brownston or a variant listed above: William Brownsword, a bonded passenger sent to America in 1700; John Brownsword, who was on record in Pennsylvania in 1755.