Last Name BROWN


Meaning The son of Brun (i.e. Brown), where also Brownson. In Domesday Brun appears as a personal name. Also nickname 'the brown,' a sobriquet of complexion, extremely common in all early registers.
Originally Broun, and le Brun - dark complexioned. The family have been free Barons of Colstoun in Haddingtonshire, since 1116. The family claim descent from the Royal family of France, and bear for their arms, gu., three fleur de lis or.
A name derived from complexion, color of hair or garments, consequently, a very common name.
Son of the Brehon, a judge.
Origin English, Scottish, Irish, Jewish, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Norwegian, Native American, Chilean, Celtic, Lebanese, Falkland, Ugandan, Maori, Austrian, Belgian, Nigerian, South african, Hungarian, Guam

Rank 4 (2000 US census) 5 (1990 US census)
Count 1,380,145 (2000 US census)

Race / ethnic distribution

The 2000 US Census claims that
  • 60.71%, or 837886 total occurrences, of those with this family name identified themselves as being white,
  • 34.54%, or 476702 total occurrences, as black,
  • 0.41%, or 5659 total occurrences, as Asian and Pacific Islander,
  • 0.83%, or 11455 total occurrences, as American Indian and Native Alaskan,
  • 1.86%, or 25671 total occurrences, as two or more races, and
  • 1.64%, or 22634 total occurrences, as Hispanic ethnic origin.

Longest baby names

The longest first name, consisting of 12 characters, from the baby names reported since the year 1880 in the United States is Francisquita.

There are three names consisting of 11 characters: Christopher, Margueritta, and Margueritte

English surnames

English surnames can be divided into five classes: Baptisimal or Personal (first) names, local, official, and occupative surnames. Nicknames represent the last class. Practically there are only four classes, for it is often hard ti distinguish between occupation and offic...

Shortest last names

The 2000 USA census contains no surnames with ONE character. The shortest last names there have at least two characters in them. We found 175 of those. It does not mean that a one character name does not exist. The census data only contain surnames that occurred at lea...

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