When Viola Elzora Brown was born on 1 June 1887, in Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States, her father, Philander O. Brown, was 37 and her mother, Margaret Jane Marlow, was 34. She married Joseph Swanwick Boyd on 6 June 1907, in Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Du Quoin Election Precinct, Perry, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Swanwick, Perry, Illinois, United States in 1910. She died on 10 January 1944, in Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Mueller Hill Cemetery, Pinckneyville Number 5 Election Precinct, Perry, Illinois, United States.
English, Scottish, and Irish: generally a nickname referring to the color of the hair or complexion, Middle English br(o)un, from Old English brūn or Old French brun. This word is occasionally found in Old French, Middle English and Old Norse as a personal name or byname (Middle English personal name Brun, Broun, ancient Germanic Bruno, Old English Brūn, or possibly Old Norse Brúnn or Brúni). Brun- was also an ancient Germanic name-forming element. Some instances of Old English Brūn as a personal name may therefore be short forms of compound names such as Brūngar, Brūnwine, etc. As a Scottish and Irish name, it sometimes represents a translation of Gaelic Donn (see below). Brown (including in the senses below) is the fourth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below).
Irish and Scottish: adopted for Ó Duinn (see Dunn ) or for any of the many Irish and Scottish Gaelic names containing the element donn ‘brown-haired’ (also meaning ‘chieftain’), for example Donahue .
Irish: phonetic Anglicization of Mac an Bhreitheamhnaigh; see Breheny .