Saturday, 2 March 2013

Surname Saturday - Brown

This is my surname and the origins.

Family Origins

This Coat of Arms was taken from
“Burke’s General Armory” compiled by
“Sir Bernard Burke” C.B.; LL.D;,
Ulster King of Arms to the Queen (1842)


Variants Brown, Browne, Brewin, Brownson, Broun. A nickname meaning ‘dark reddish complexion’. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Gamel Brun who was recorded in the ancient register ‘Valor Ecclesiasticus’ (England), and in Scotland William Brun witnessed a charter of Donald, Earl of Mar, of lands of Dronlaw, in the year 1279. A Stephen Brunson and Jane Boulton were married in Saint George, Hanover Square, in the year 1776 and a Robert Brown, County Somerset, was recorded in ‘Kirby’s Quest’, in the reign of Edward III. The Browns of Ireland were one of the tribes of Galway and descended from a Norman le brun at the time of the Anglo-Norman Invasion. They were one of the four Norman septs who took over the territory of Tirawley from the Fiachrach.