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Brown Surname History

According to one branch of the Brown family, the surname is primarily English, Scottish, and/or Irish.  The surname Brown comes from a nickname, describing the hair and/or complexion of the person.  The surname has roots in Middle English, Old English, Old French, Old Norse, and Germanic languages.

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Brown Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

The last name Brown is of equally English, Irish, and Scottish origin. According to one branch of the Brown family, the family is English, Scottish, and Irish.

Brown Meaning & Etymology

Brown is generally a nickname referring to the color of the hair or complexion, Middle English br(o)un, from Old English brūn 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 Brūn as a personal name may therefore be short forms of compound names such as Brūngar, Brūnwine, etc. As a Scottish and Irish name, it sometimes represents a translation of the Gaelic word Donn.

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