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Where did the English Brewer family come from? What is the English Brewer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brewer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brewer family history?

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Brewer family name to the British Isles. They lived in Devon. The name comes from the Norman area of Brovera or Brueria, now Breviare, near Caen, in Normandy. In its more obvious Old English derivation, the name indicates the bearer is a professional brewer of beers or ales, and stems from the root breowan, of the same meaning.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Brewer, Bruer, Bruyere, Brewyer, Breuer, Brower and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brewer research. Another 287 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Brewer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Brewer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brewer or a variant listed above:

Brewer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Brewer, who arrived in America in 1620
  • John Brewer and his wife Marie, who came to Boston Massachusetts in 1632
  • Daniel Brewer, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Daniell Brewer, who landed in America in 1632
  • Jeffery Brewer, who arrived in Virginia in 1635

Brewer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Brewer, who landed in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Johannes Brewer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Wm Brewer, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1747
  • Colonels Daniel Brewer, Jonathon Brewer, and Samuel Brewer all commanded regiments in the American War of Independence in 1776
  • Nehemiah Brewer, who landed in America in 1783

Brewer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William T Brewer, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Greenberry Brewer, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Greenburry Brewer, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Gerh Heinr Brewer, who landed in America in 1845
  • Joseph Brewer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Leo Brewer (b. 1919), American professor of chemistry
  • Margaret Ann Brewer (b. 1930), American first female general in the US Marine Corps (1978-)
  • George Keefer Brewer (1914-1959), better known by his stage name George Reeves, an American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television series
  • Teresa Brewer (1931-2007), American pop singer from the 1950s
  • Eric A Brewer, American professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Major-General Carlos Brewer (1890-1976), American Commanding Officer Heidelberg Area Command (1946-1947)
  • William Henry Brewer (1828-1910), American botanist, first Chair of Agriculture at Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School
  • Gay Robert Brewer Jr. (1932-2007), American professional PGA golfer who won the 1967 Masters Tournament
  • David Josiah Brewer (1837-1910), American jurist, ssociate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1889-1910)
  • James Thomas "Jim" Brewer (1937-1987), American in Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1960 to 1976



  • The Chauncey Marble Brewer Family of Marshall, Michigan by James DeWolfe.
  • The Genealogy of Daniel P. Brewer by Buel Amos Langdon.

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The Brewer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brewer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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