Braun is a common surname, originating from the German word for the colour brown. The name is the twenty-second most common family name in Germany. Many German emigrants to the United States additionally changed their name to Brown (see Brown (surname)).

In German, Braun is pronounced [bʁaʊn], roughly similar to the English word "brown." In English, it is often mispronounced as "brawn," as in Carol Mosely Braun. Pronunciation is an individual choice and is hard to guess unless one is in a position to hear the person's name spoken.

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