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


Similar surnames: Brow, Crown, Brun, Bruin, Braun, Bjorn, Brin, Lown, Rohn, Biron

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Brown Family Origin

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Brown Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Brown family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brown. The most common Brown occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Brown's were Farmers.

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Brown Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, Brown life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Brown in 1940 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brown

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