I became curious recently as to how the Village of Owen Brown was named. A quick search took me to the Wikipedia entry which had information on the naming of the neighborhoods, but nothing on the origin of "Owen Brown".
A little more digging and I found this explanation on the site of the Owen Brown Community Association:
Owen Brown is named for a postmaster and store owner. Mr. Owen Brown operated a store on what is now the intersection of Route 108 and Manor Lane. The name was initially just a working title for the development, but the name stuck, according to a book by Missy Burke, Robin Emirch and Barbara Kellner, titled "Oh You Must Live Columbia! The origins of place names in Columbia, Maryland."
The only further information I could find is that Mr. Brown was the Postmaster of Elioak, a post office that was in operation until 1922. Perhaps I could look for a copy of the book mentioned above.