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Brown

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How popular is the baby name Brown in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 14 0 14
1882 8 0 8
1883 12 0 12
1885 12 0 12
1887 11 0 11
1888 8 0 8
1889 9 0 9
1890 5 0 5
1891 9 0 9
1892 11 0 11
1893 7 0 7
1894 8 0 8
1895 7 0 7
1896 12 0 12
1897 6 0 6
1898 7 0 7
1899 7 0 7
1900 9 0 9
1901 8 0 8
1902 7 0 7
1904 6 0 6
1905 10 0 10
1906 10 0 10
1907 15 0 15
1908 17 0 17
1909 16 0 16
1910 13 0 13
1911 20 0 20
1912 26 0 26
1913 17 0 17
1914 27 0 27
1915 38 0 38
1916 45 0 45
1917 41 0 41
1918 55 0 55
1919 38 0 38
1920 36 0 36
1921 30 0 30
1922 50 0 50
1923 35 0 35
1924 34 0 34
1925 32 0 32
1926 32 0 32
1927 21 0 21
1928 21 0 21
1929 20 0 20
1930 26 0 26
1931 15 0 15
1932 24 0 24
1933 25 0 25
1934 23 0 23
1935 14 0 14
1936 18 0 18
1937 24 0 24
1938 12 0 12
1939 16 0 16
1940 28 0 28
1941 19 0 19
1942 13 0 13
1943 18 0 18
1944 13 0 13
1945 10 0 10
1946 10 0 10
1947 13 0 13
1948 13 0 13
1949 16 0 16
1950 12 0 12
1951 10 0 10
1952 8 0 8
1953 6 0 6
1954 8 0 8
1955 10 0 10
1956 11 0 11
1957 9 0 9
1958 7 0 7
1959 11 0 11
1960 14 0 14
1961 6 0 6
1962 7 0 7
1963 8 0 8
1964 5 0 5
1965 5 0 5
1969 8 0 8
1974 5 0 5
1975 10 0 10
1976 5 0 5
1980 8 0 8
1982 8 0 8
1983 11 5 6
1986 8 0 8
1990 6 0 6
2008 7 0 7
2013 6 0 6

Fun Facts about the name Brown

  • How many people with the first name Brown have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, 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 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brown is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1929.
  • Weird things about the name Brown: Your name in reverse order is Nworb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Obrnw. 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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Popularity of Brown as a last name

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Common last names for Brown

  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Jones
  • Turner
  • Martin
  • Simmons

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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Brown" mean? The list below shows the origins of Brown as well as things modernly associated with the name Brown such as celebrities named Brown.

English

Origin and Meaning of Brown

The name "Brown" is of English origin, and it means "Brown". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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
Senses
  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.

  1. A common surname​.
  2. Brown University

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

Other Inspirations for the Name Brown

Brown Bag
Brown Discharge
Brown Eyed Girl
Brown Recluse
Brown Advisory
Brown Bag Dc
Brown Recluse Spider
Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Brown Vs Board Of Education
Brown University

Notable Persons With the Last Name Brown

Chris Brown

Chris Brown is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer specializing in R&B, pop, hip hop, and dance music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Chris was born in 1989 as Christopher Maurice Brown in Tappahannock, Virginia, U.S.

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Blake Lively

Blake Lively is an actress, model, and celebrity homemaker with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1998 to present. Blake was born in 1987 as Blake Ellender Brown in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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James Brown

James Brown is a singer, producer, dancer, and bandleader specializing in funk, soul, and R&B music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1954 to 2006. James was born in 1933 as James Joseph Brown in Barnwell, South Carolina, United States.

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Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer specializing in R&B, soul, pop, and hip hop music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1978 to present. Bobby was born in 1969 as Robert Barisford Brown in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy is an actor. Michael was born in 1973 as Michael Brown in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Angie Dickinson

Angie Dickinson is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1954 to present. Angie was born in 1931 as Angeline Brown in Kulm, North Dakota, United States.

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Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is a NFL player. Antonio was born in 1978 in Miami, Florida.

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Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown is an actor and voice actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1983 to present. Clancy was born in 1959 as Clarence J. Brown III in Urbana, Ohio, U.S.

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Jim Brown

Jim Brown is a NFL player. Jim was born in 1936 in St. Simons, Georgia.

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Melanie Brown

Melanie Brown is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress specializing in R&B, hip hop, pop, and dance-pop music with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1994 to present. Melanie was born in 1975 as Melanie Janine Brown in Harehills, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

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What does the name Brown mean?

Bis for blossom, a renewal of your spirit.

Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

Ois for optimistic, look at the bright side!

Wis for wise, more tomorrow that today.

Nis for noble, your regal bearing.

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