The surname Browne is derived from the Old English word brun or the Old French word brun, which both mean brown, and are both ultimately of Germanic origin. The Gaelic forms of the name are De Brún or le Brún. The latter form is considered to be correct.
So, where does the Brown name come from?
This surname is common in both England and Ireland, but the variant surname 'Browne' is associated more with Ireland. Originating from the Olde English, Norse-Viking and Anglo-Saxon pre 7th century word "brun" it generally referred to the colour of the person's hair, complexion or garments.
What Scottish clan is brown from?
Brown Clan History: The Brown, or Broun surname, as it was often spelled, is very common throughout Scotland and in most instances is a simple reference to the colour brown, as in brown hair, or eyes. The name in Scotland is thought to be French-Norman in origin and was found most commonly in the East of the country.
Is white a Scottish name?
White Name Meaning. English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit 'white', hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwit(a), of this origin.