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Brown Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and Irish: generally a nickname referring to the color of the hair or complexion, Middle English br(o)un, from Old English brun or Old French brun. This word is occasionally found in Old English and Old Norse as a personal name or byname. Brun- was also a Germanic name-forming element. Some instances of Old English Brun as a personal name may therefore be short forms of compound names such as Brungar, Brunwine, etc. As a Scottish and Irish name, it sometimes represents a translation of Gaelic Donn. As an American family name, it has absorbed numerous surnames from other languages with the same meaning.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Brown Families

  • Number of Brown families
     8,313 - 16,624
     2,772 - 8,312
     1 - 2,771
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Brown families
     12,984 - 25,966
     4,329 - 12,983
     1 - 4,328
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Brown families
     6,740 - 13,478
     2,247 - 6,739
     1 - 2,246
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Brown Family Origin

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Brown Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Brown

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Brown Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Brown Civil War Service Records

All Brown
36,136
Confederate
12,222
Union
23,914

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