When James Ward Brown was born on 7 March 1861, in Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Brown, was 26 and his mother, Caroline Vernon Smith, was 25. He married Annie Leishman on 10 October 1881, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Hyrum, Cache, Utah, United States for about 10 years and Wellsville Election Precinct, Cache, Utah, United States in 1940. He died on 3 December 1943, in Wellsville, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville, Cache, Utah, 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 .
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