Find Brown records

Find birth, death, marriage, military, and other Brown records at Ancestry.com.

Search for Brown records

Latest Brown photos

These photos were uploaded by members of the Brown community on AncientFaces.

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.

The family history of the Brown last name is maintained by the AncientFaces community. Join the community by adding to to this genealogy of the Brown:

  • Brown spelling & pronunciation
  • genealogy and family tree

Edit this page

Brown Family Tree

Find Brown records

Find birth, death, marriage, military, and other Brown records at Ancestry.com.

Search for Brown records

Here are a few of the Brown genealogies shared by AncientFaces users. Click here to see more Browns

Famous People named Brown

No has submitted any famous Browns yet. Click here to add your own.

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.

Brown Life Expectancy

According to our database of 548,464 people with the last name Brown that have a birth and death date listed:

Life Expectancy

68.9
years

Most Common Brown First Names

According to our database of 854,775 people with the last name Brown that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • William 3.1%
  • James 2.9%
  • John 2.8%
  • Mary 2.0%
  • Robert 2.0%
  • Charles 1.7%
  • George 1.6%
  • Thomas 1.2%
  • Joseph 0.9%
  • Henry 0.7%
  • Richard 0.7%
  • Edward 0.7%
  • David 0.7%
  • Margaret 0.7%
  • Willie 0.6%
  • Elizabeth 0.6%
  • Walter 0.6%
  • Frank 0.6%
  • Brown 0.5%
  • Arthur 0.5%
  • Helen 0.5%
  • Dorothy 0.5%
  • Harry 0.5%
  • Harold 0.5%
  • Donald 0.5%
  • Ruth 0.4%
  • Albert 0.4%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Samuel 0.4%
  • Kenneth 0.4%
  • Clarence 0.4%
  • Sarah 0.4%
  • Anna 0.4%
  • J 0.4%
  • Alice 0.4%
  • Paul 0.4%
  • Michael 0.4%
  • Raymond 0.3%
  • Ethel 0.3%
  • Florence 0.3%
  • Roy 0.3%
  • Mildred 0.3%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Fred 0.3%
  • Ralph 0.3%
  • Martha 0.3%
  • Ernest 0.3%
  • Betty 0.3%
  • Catherine 0.3%
  • Alfred 0.3%

Brown Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

No one has added information on Brown spellings or pronunciations. Add to this section

Last names similar to Brown

'Brown', Brow'n, Browna, Brownaangus, Brownaaron, Brownabrego, Brownaclarence, Brownacle, Brownadam, Brownadamek, Brownadren, Brownadrian, Brownae, Brownael, Brownagel, Brownagle, Brownagroverjc, Brownaguilar, Brownajack, Brownajohn

Find Brown records

Find birth, death, marriage, military, and other Brown records at Ancestry.com.

Search for Brown records