Brown Family Crest

brown family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Brown family crest

Azure (blue) - represents this ancient family's truthful nature and fierce loyalty.

Argent (silver) - represents the renowned sincerity of Brown family members and their peaceful nature.

Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this respected family.


 Meaning of the symbols on the Brown family crest

 The three Fleur-de-lis - represent purity, light and religious connections including connections of the Virgin Mary.

The Chevron shape - symbolizes the historical family home, the importance of home for family members through the years and the safety this provides.


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Origins of the Brown family name

The brown family name can be traced back to the early days of the British Isles. The name is derived from the Old English word brun, which means brown. Typically a reflection of the hair or eye characteristics of early family members.

The first recorded use of the name was in the year 1066, when William the Conqueror invaded England. The Brown family has been a prominent family in England ever since.

The brown family name is also common in Ireland and Scotland. Many Brown families emigrated to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the Brown family name is found throughout the world.


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Summary of the Brown family and the Brown family crest

  • The first known use of the Brown name was in the 12th century.
  • Brown is believed to be derived from the Old English word brun or burn, meaning brown or dark-skinned, hair or eyes.
  • The Brown family name was first found in the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire in England.
  • Early Browns were known for their participation in the English Civil War (1642-1651).
  • In the 18th century, the Brown family name began to spread to other parts of the British Isles, particularly to Scotland and Ireland.
  • The first recorded use of the name in America was in 1624, when John Brown emigrated from England to Massachusetts.
  • The Brown family has been in America ever since, with many members having served in the military, been politicians, and held other notable positions.
  • The Brown family name is most commonly associated with the state of Rhode Island, where many of its members have resided for generations.
  • The Brown family has also been prominent in the African-American community, with several members having been active in the civil rights movement.


Notable Brown family members include: 

Notable 18th century Browns include John Brown (1715-1766), a Scottish economist, and James Brown (1766-1835), an Irish politician. The 19th century saw the Brown family name become established in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The 20th century has seen the Brown family name become one of the most common surnames in the English-speaking world.