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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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Melissa Swan-Keller I am looking for information on my ggg grandparents Joseph Brown and Euphracia Utterback. Also looking for info on my gg grandmother Mary Lutz Brown Thomas. She married my gg granfather Edward Martin Brown.

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Elizabeth Hicks Looking for information on my g-g grandfather John N Brown, born about 1799 in NC or TN. He married Sarah Wood, born 1805 in Knox County, TN. She was daughter of Joseph Wood and Sarah McClain. I suspect that John's father may have been George Braun of the German line of the Brown family, but cannot prove it. Can anyone help me? My e-mail address is: [contact link]. I have an account with AncientFaces..thru my mother's profile. She is/was Millicent R. Flowers Brown.
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Denise Brown look for information on my g-grandfather Allen Brown born about 1843-1915 N Y State and past away East Jordan Mi. looking for information on my g-grandmother Elizabeth Sedgman Brown born about 1845-1886 N Y State past away East Jordan Mi.They were married to each other. He may have made a living as a horse dealer.
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Denise Brown My g-great grandparents Allen Brown and Elizabeth Sedgman Brown had two sons Charles Thomas Brown and Elijah Brown I am interest in more information on Elijah Brown.
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DeMario Brown am looking for info about my great-grandfather, Carlos B. Brown Sr (1835-1939). Rumor had it that he had 86-100 children, as he was hired as a breeder. He was born in Camden, SC and died in Manhattan, NY
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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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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%

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