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Browne is a variant of the English surname Brown (surname), meaning "brown-haired" or "brown-skinned". It may sometimes be derived from French le Brun with similar meaning.[1] The Mac A Brehons clan of Co. Donegal have anglicized as Browne since about 1800.[2] The name has also been used throughout North America as an anglicization of the surname Pardo.[3]

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  1. ^ Cottle, Basil (1967) The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books; p. 59
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  3. ^ "The Pardo (Prado) Family". 1999. Retrieved Oct 2, 2015.