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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.

Brewer Early Origins



The surname Brewer was first found in Devon where they were found "at the time of the Domesday Survey and founded Tor Abbey." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
ANother source provides more detail. "Of 32 Praemonstratensian monasteries in England, that of Torre, founded and endowed by William de Brewer in 1196, was by far the richest; it was dedicated to Our Holy Saviour, the Virgin Mary, and the Holy Trinity. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Henry de Briwere is generally thought to be one of the first recorded there, held five fees in Devon during the reign of King Stephen (1135-1154.) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

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Brewer Spelling Variations


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Brewer Spelling Variations



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.

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Brewer Early History


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Brewer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brewer research. Another 341 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 120 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Brewer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brewer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brewer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brewer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Brewer, who landed in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Johannes Brewer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • William 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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brewer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Brewer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • James Brewer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Aaron Brewer U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1783 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Aaron Brewer U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Aaron Robin Brewer U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brewer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Brewer settled at St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1804

Brewer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Brewer, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Samuel Brewer, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Brewer, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Robert Brewer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • John Brewer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brewer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C B Brewer landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Brewer landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • W V Brewer landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Brewer arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Henry James Brewer, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brewer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brewer (post 1700)



  • Contessa Brewer (b. 1974), American host for the MSNBC weekend program Caught on Camera
  • Donald George "Don" Brewer (b. 1948), American drummer and co-lead singer for the rock band Grand Funk Railroad
  • James Thomas "Jim" Brewer (1937-1987), American in Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1960 to 1976
  • David Josiah Brewer (1837-1910), American jurist, ssociate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1889-1910)
  • Gay Robert Brewer Jr. (1932-2007), American professional PGA golfer who won the 1967 Masters Tournament
  • William Henry Brewer (1828-1910), American botanist, first Chair of Agriculture at Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School
  • Major-General Carlos Brewer (1890-1976), American Commanding Officer Heidelberg Area Command (1946-1947)
  • 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
  • Eric A Brewer, American professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Samuel Brewer, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1831, 1833, 1835
  • ... (Another 102 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Brewer Historic Events


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Brewer Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. George Brewer (b. 1918), Canadian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Burin, Newfoundland, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur W Brewer (b. 1920), Canadian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Burin, Newfoundland, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edwin Ernest Brewer, British Plumber 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Brewer, British Pay Sub Lieutenant Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Arthur James Brewer (b. 1906), English Warrant Mechanician from North End, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Henry Brewer (1882-1912), English trimmer, member of the engineering crew aboard the RMS Titanic who died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Brewer


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Suggested Readings for the name Brewer



  • 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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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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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