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Origin of the name BROWN

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BROWN
A name derived from complexion, color of hair or garments, consequently, a very common name.
LHUYD
(Welsh.) Gray or brown.
LLOYD
(Welsh.) Gray or brown.
NOTT
Hnott, Saxon, smooth, round, a nut. Notted, an old word for shorn, polled. The name may have come from wearing the hair short and smooth. A nott hed had he, with a brown visage. Chaucer.
DUNNING
The brown offspring, from the Saxon Dunn, brown, and the termination ing, which, among the Saxons, signified ofispring, as White-ing, the fair oflfepring, Cuth-ing, the son of Cuth. Dunning has retained its original orthography since the days of the Saxons.
WHITING
(Sax.) The white or fair offspring. The Saxon termination ing, denoted offspring or child, as Cuthing, the child of Cuth, Dun-ning, the brown offspring, etc.
BROWNSON
The son of Brown.
BRONSON
A contraction of Brownson, the son of Brown. Briaunson, local, a place in France. This name came into England with William the Conqueror.
BRUNSON
A contraction of Brownson, the son of Brown. Briaunson, local, a place in France. This name came into England with William the Conqueror.
DUNN
Gaelic, Dun, a heap, hill, mount; a fortress, a castle, fastness, a tower. Dunn, Saxon, brown, of a dark color, swarthy.
FLOYD
The same as Llwyd, Welsh, brown, gray, hoary.
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