Settlers from England and Scotland brought over to Ireland this name, and it now ranks amongst the fifty most common names in Ireland. The family settled in County Kerry in the reign of Elizabeth I and others followed in the 17th century. Ulster is the province where the name is most frequent. BROWNE was a baptismal name 'the son of Brun' a nickname for one with dark hair and a swarthy complexion. The name was originally brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and BRUN (without surname) appears to be the first of the record mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1066. Other records of the name mention William Brun, 1182 County Suffolk. Brun (without surname) was documented in 1185 in Wales. Edward Browne of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and Robert le Brun of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. A notable member of the name was Lancelot Brown (1716-83) 'Capability Brown' English Architect and reviver of the natural style of landscape gardening, laid the gardens at Kew. Between the 11th and 15th centuries, it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but they were not in use in England at that time except by those of gentler blood, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. This surname was borne by the Dukes of Saxony (in the form of Bruno) among others in the 10th century. It was also the name of several medieval German and Italian Saints, including the founder of the Carthusian order (1030-1101) who was born in Cologne. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard
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