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Brown

First Name
1k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1.4m
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Brown

"Brown" is a name 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
Wiktionary

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

Notable Persons Named Brown

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.

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

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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.

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Brown Liniwe Mkhize is an important somebody.

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Brown Turei is an important individual. Brown was born in 1924.

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

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Brown

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nicole Brown Simpson was a leading somebody. 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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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

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Popularity of Brown as a first name

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Popularity of Brown as a last name

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Common last names for Brown

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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

  • How Popular is the name Brown? Brown is the 8,195th 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 2016, 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 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brown is not a popular baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1915.
  • 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 Nrwob. 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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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.