Brown name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Brown

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  1. 3 submissions from the United States and Nigeria agree the name Brown means "A color".
  2. According to 2 people from Nigeria and Jamaica, the name Brown is of African / English origin and means "Everything".
  3. According to a user from Jamaica, the name Brown means "everything to me".
  4. A user from Nigeria says the name Brown means "Fertility".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Brown
Of a dark color, of various shades between black and red or yellow.

Etymology: OE. brun broun, AS. br�n; akin to D. bruin, OHG. br�n, Icel. br�nn, Sw. brun, Dan. bruun, G. braun, Lith. brunas, Skr. babhru. √93, 253. Cf. Bruin Beaver Burnish Brunette

noun Brown
A dark color inclining to red or yellow, resulting from the mixture of red and black, or of red, black, and yellow; a tawny, dusky hue.
verb Brown
  1. To make brown or dusky."A trembling twilight o'er welkin moves, Browns the dim void and darkens deep the groves." [Barlow.]
  2. To make brown by scorching slightly; as, to brown meat or flour.
  3. To give a bright brown color to, as to gun barrels, by forming a thin coat of oxide on their surface.
verb Brown
To become brown.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A university in Rhode Island
  2. An orange of low brightness and saturation
  3. Abolitionist who was hanged after leading an unsuccessful raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (1800-1859)
  4. Scottish botanist who first observed the movement of small particles in fluids now known a Brownian motion (1773-1858)
  5. Make brown in color ("the draught browned the leaves on the trees in the yard")
  6. Fry in a pan until it changes color ("brown the meat in the pan")
  7. (of skin) deeply suntanned
  8. Of a color similar to that of wood or earth

Originally a nickname for someone with brown hair or a dark complexion. In the United States, sometimes an anglicization and translation of German Braun.

  1. An English and Scottish surname​.
  2. An Irish surname​ of Anglo-Norman origin, a translation of de Brún.
  3. A locale in the United States.
    1. An unincorporated community in California; named for hotelier George Brown.
    2. An unincorporated community in Louisiana; named for landowner George W. Brown.
    3. An unincorporated community in Oklahoma; named for postmaster Robert H. Brown.
    4. An unincorporated community in West Virginia; named for early settler John Brown.
    5. A ghost town in Nevada.
  4. Brown University.
  5. Alternative letter-case form of brown (“person with a dark complexion”)

Brown was also found in the following language(s): French and Scots

Notable Persons Named Brown

Notable Persons Named Brown

Brown Ideye

Brown Ideye is a soccer player for the Olympiacos F.C., Bayelsa United F.C., Ocean Boys F.C., Neuchâtel Xamax, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, FC Dynamo Kyiv, West Bromwich Albion F.C., Nigeria national under-20 football team, and Nigeria national football team. Brown was born on October 10th, 1988 in Yenagoa.

Brown Bannister

Brown was born on August 15th, 1951. Brown is also known as Elliott Brown Bannister III.

Brown Ferguson

Brown Ferguson is a soccer player for the Stenhousemuir F.C., East Stirlingshire F.C., Alloa Athletic F.C., Hamilton Academical F.C., and Partick Thistle F.C. Brown was born on June 4th, 1981 in Falkirk.

Brown Liniwe Mkhize

Brown Turei

Brown was born in 1924.

Brown William

Brown was born on July 16th, 1913. He left this life on March 8th, 1991.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Brown

Notable Persons With the Last Name Brown

Blake Lively

Blake Lively is an actress, model, and celebrity homemaker. She has been prominent since 1998. Blake was given the name Blake Ellender Brown on August 25th, 1987.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown is a contemporary r&b, hip hop music, pop music, and dance music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Chris was given the name Christopher Maurice Brown on May 5th, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia, U.S.

Mel B

Mel B is a singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, model, television personality, and author. Mel was given the name Melanie Janine Brown on May 29th, 1975 in Harehills.

James Brown

James Brown was a singing, songwriter, record producer, dance, bandleader, singer, and dancer. James was given the name James Joseph Brown on May 3rd, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, U.S. James is also known as James Brown and the Famous Flames. He died on December 25th, 2006.

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown is a 31st Attorney General of California, 47th Mayor of Oakland, and 24th Secretary of State of California. Jerry was born on April 7th, 1938.

Nicole Brown Simpson

Nicole was given the name Nicole Brown on May 19th, 1959 in Frankfurt. Nicole is also known as Nicole Brown. She passed away on June 12th, 1994.

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  • Foxy Brown

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brown U.S.
  White 57.95% 64.26%
  African American 35.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.55% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.52% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brown

People with the last name Brown are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Brown

  • What name lists does Brown rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Brown? Brown is the 8,578th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brown was the 4th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brown have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,451 babies born with the first name Brown in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brown to occupy the territory of Tokelau (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,411 (as of October 18, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brown? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Brown first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brown is Wednesday, February 9th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Brown born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brown was in 1918 with a total of 55 babies.
  • Random Brown Factoid: According to the 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brown is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kentucky have the same name in 1924.
  • Weird things about the name Brown: The name spelled backwards is Nworb. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ornbw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brown? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,437,026 people with the last name Brown.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brown? Brown was ranked as the 4th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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