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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Brown"ing
  1. The act or operation of giving a brown color, as to gun barrels, etc.
  2. [Masonry] A smooth coat of brown mortar, usually the second coat, and the preparation for the finishing coat of plaster.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Cooking to a brown crispiness over a fire or on a grill
  2. English poet best remembered for love sonnets written to her husband Robert Browning (1806-1861)
  3. English poet and husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning noted for his dramatic monologues (1812-1889)
  4. United States inventor of firearms (especially automatic pistols and repeating rifles and a machine gun called the Peacemaker) (1855-1926)
  1. The act or operation of giving a brown colour, as to gun barrels, etc.
  2. (masonry) A smooth coat of brown mortar, usually the second coat, and the preparation for the finishing coat of plaster.
  3. (Jamaica) A brown-skinned person.

Notable Persons Named Browning

Browning Nagle is a football player for the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Orlando Predators, and Columbus Destroyers. His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to 2000. Browning was born on April 29th, 1968 in Philadelphia.


Browning was born on April 26th, 1924. Browning is also known as Ross, Harris Browning; Ross, and H. Browning; "Brownie". He left this life on April 27th, 1998.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Browning

Emily Jane Browning is an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Emily was born on December 7th, 1988 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Emily is also known as Browning, Emily Jane, and Em.


Logan Browning is an actress and dancer. She has been prominent since 2004. Logan was given the name Logan Laurice Browning on June 9th, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Logan is also known as LoLo.


Tom Browning is a baseball player. Tom was born on April 28th, 1960 in Casper, Wyoming.


Robert Browning was a writer. Robert was born on May 7th, 1812 in Camberwell, London. He left this life on December 12th, 1889.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a writer. Elizabeth was born on March 6th, 1806 in Kelloe, Durham, England. She passed away on June 29th, 1861.


Jake Browning is a football player. Jake was born in Portland, Oregon.


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Popularity of Browning as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Browning U.S.
  White 87.47% 64.26%
  African American 7.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.83% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Browning

People with the last name Browning are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Browning

  • How Popular is the name Browning? Browning is the 44,046th most popular name of all time. As a last name Browning was the 797th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Browning have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 62 babies born with the first name Browning in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Browning? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1994 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Browning first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Browning is Friday, April 10th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Browning born? The highest recorded use of the first name Browning was in 2013 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Browning: Your name in reverse order is Gninworb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Roigwbnn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Browning? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 43,329 people with the last name Browning.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Browning? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 15 of them will have Browning as their last name.

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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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