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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Brownie

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Brown"ie
An imaginary good-natured spirit, who was supposed often to perform important services around the house by night, such as thrashing, churning, sweeping.

Etymology: So called from its supposed tawny or swarthy color

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Square or bar of very rich chocolate cake usually with nuts
  2. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
  3. A junior Girl Scout
Wiktionary

From brown +‎ -ie (“diminutive suffix”).

  1. (cooking) A small square piece of rich cake, usually made with chocolate.
  2. (folklore) A mythical creature, a helpful elf who would do people's housework for them.
  3. (paganism) A household spirit or revered ancestor.
  4. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A tall, long-necked beer bottle, made from brown coloured glass.
  5. (ethnic slur, offensive) A person of Arab, Indian or Hispanic descent. Also rarely used for a Native American or Pacific Islander.

brownie was also found in the following language(s): French, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Brownie

Brownie McGhee was a country blues, piedmont blues, east coast blues, and roots revival musician. He plays Guitar, Piano, Kazoo, and Vocals. Brownie was given the name Walter Brown McGhee on November 30th, 1915 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. He left this life on February 16th, 1996.

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Brownie Wise was a businessperson and businesswoman. Brownie was given the name Brownie Mae Humphrey on May 25th, 1913 in Buford, Georgia. She died on September 24th, 1992.

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Brownie Mary was a hospital volunteer, cannabis activist, baker, and waitress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Brownie was given the name Mary Jane Rathbun on December 22nd, 1922 in Chicago. Brownie is also known as Brownie Mary. She died on April 10th, 1999.

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Brownie Samukai is a Ministry of National Defense (Liberia).

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Brownie was born on April 28th, 1932. She died on March 21st, 2010.

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Brownie Foreman was a baseball player. Brownie was born on August 6th, 1875 in Baltimore. He died on October 10th, 1926.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1892 5 5 0
1893 6 6 0
1896 5 5 0
1897 5 5 0
1900 8 8 0
1901 6 6 0
1904 15 10 5
1905 7 7 0
1908 14 9 5
1909 14 9 5
1910 11 6 5
1911 15 15 0
1912 18 12 6
1913 18 13 5
1914 30 19 11
1915 45 29 16
1916 43 24 19
1917 38 17 21
1918 42 26 16
1919 47 30 17
1920 52 30 22
1921 41 27 14
1922 31 22 9
1923 53 33 20
1924 47 28 19
1925 37 24 13
1926 35 23 12
1927 36 18 18
1928 38 30 8
1929 31 18 13
1930 26 14 12
1931 26 17 9
1932 31 18 13
1933 24 18 6
1934 34 17 17
1935 25 10 15
1936 20 10 10
1937 27 11 16
1938 21 11 10
1939 13 7 6
1940 22 8 14
1941 13 7 6
1942 7 0 7
1943 19 10 9
1944 19 8 11
1945 14 8 6
1946 16 6 10
1947 8 0 8
1948 14 8 6
1951 6 6 0
1952 13 7 6
1953 7 0 7
1954 12 6 6
1955 8 0 8
1959 7 0 7
1962 6 6 0

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Popularity of Brownie as a first name

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Popularity of Brownie as a last name

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Common last names for Brownie

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brownie U.S.
  White 67.16% 64.26%
  African American 25.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.09% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brownie

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

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Fun Facts about the name Brownie

  • How Popular is the name Brownie? Brownie is the 9,229th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brownie was the 60,196th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brownie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,231 babies born with the first name Brownie in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brownie to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brownie? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brownie first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brownie is Friday, September 1st, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Brownie born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brownie was in 1923 with a total of 33 babies.
  • Random Brownie Factoid: According to the 1932 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brownie is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1932.
  • Weird things about the name Brownie: Your name in reverse order is Einworb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iwbenor. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brownie? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 335 people with the last name Brownie.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brownie? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Brownie as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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.
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