The history of the name Browynne begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Brun
. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are hardly any Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Browynne family
The surname Browynne was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was originally Bregwin, pronounced Brewin.
Early History of the Browynne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Browynne research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1833, 1538, 1577, 1570, 1656, 1616, 1695, 1682 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Browynne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Browynne 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. Browynne has been recorded under many different variations, including Brewin, Brewne, Brewn, Bruin, Brunhus and others.
Early Notables of the Browynne family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Abraham de Bruyn (born 1538), a Flemish
engraver, established himself at Cologne about the year 1577, ranked among the Little Masters; Nicolaes de... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Browynne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Browynne 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 Browynne or a variant listed above: William and Thomas Brewin who landed in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1840; Obadiah Bruen landed in Massachusetts in 1640; Patrick Bruen landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1838.