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 England. The name is derived from the Old word brun, which means brown. Typically a description of the hair or eye appearence of early family members.

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


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Summary of the Brown family and the Brown family crest

  • The first known use of this well established family name dates back to during the late 11th and early 12th century in Europe.
  • 'Brown' is thought to have come from the Old English word 'brun' which means someone with dark hair or other dark features like dark eyes.
  • The family name was first documented widely in the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire, in present day England.
  • Early members of the family were known for their part in the Civil War of England, which lasted from 1642 to 1651.
  • By the mid 18th century, the family name began to spread to other parts of the British Isles, particularly to Scotland and the Island of Ireland.
  • The first officially recorded use of the name in America was in 1624, when a man by the name of John Brown emigrated from England to the modern state of Massachusetts.
  • Today, this family name is most commonly associated with the state of Rhode Island, where many of its members have resided for several generations.


    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.