Browne is a variant of the English surname Brown, meaning "brown-haired" or "brown-skinned".
The Mac A Brehons clan of County Donegal have anglicized as Browne since about 1800. The Gaelic forms of the name are De Brún or le Brún. In Connacht, Munster and Leinster, the name is usually spelled with an "e" on the end. It is Norman in origin. The Browne Family was one of the famous Tribes of Galway.