Origin of the Name Brown
The origin of the name Brown
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name Brown
include Browne, Brewin, Brownson and Broun. This is a nickname meaning 'dark reddish complexion'. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Gamel Brun who was recorded in the ancient register 'Valor Ecclesiasticus', England, and in Scotland a William Brun witnessed a charter of Donald, Earl of Mar, of lands of Dronlaw, in the year 1279. A Stephen Brunson and Jane Boulton were married in Saint George, Hanover Square, in the year 1776 and a Robert Broun, County Somerset, was recorded in 'Kirby's quest', in the reign of Edward III. The Browns of Ireland were one of the tribes of Galway and descended from the Norman 'le Brun' at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion. They were one of the four Norman septs who took over the territory of Tirawley from the Fiachrach.
The Brown coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Brown descendants.