Broster Surname History

The story of the name Broster reaches back through Scottish history to the kingdom of Dalriada. The name evolved for a person who worked as a brewster or brewer. Broster is an occupational name, given to someone who held the occupation of a brewer of ale. The inclusion of the feminine suffix -ster, indicates that this was originally a woman's occupation. Members of the Broster family were originally found in Lanarkshire, where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Broster family

The surname Broster was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. The Scord of Brouster is one of the earliest Neolithic farm sites in Shetland, Scotland dating back to 2220 BC. Some of the earliest records of the family include: Nicholaus, braciator regis (i.e. the king's brewer), was present at the perambulation of lands in 1219; Johannes the 'braciator' was one of the 'native men' of the Abbey of Dunfermline in the thirteenth century; and Thomas le Breuester of the forest of Passeley in the county of Lanark rendered homage in 1296. [1]

Important Dates for the Broster family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broster research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1382, 1480, 1379, 1599, 1663, 1645, 1659, 1623, 1671, 1653, 1656, 1560, 1644, 1620, 1674, 1702, 1674 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Broster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broster Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of Broster have been recorded over the years, including Brewster, Broster, Brouster, Brewester, Brostar and many more.

Early Notables of the Broster family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Brewster (1599-1663), an English politician and officer who sat in the House of Commons between 1645 and 1659, he was a general in the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War; Francis Brewster (1623- 1671), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1653 and 1656; and Elder William Brewster (c.1560-1644), Pilgrim colonist leader and preacher born in Doncaster...
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Migration of the Broster family to Ireland

Some of the Broster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broster migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Broster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Broster (post 1700)

  • John Bertram Broster (b. 1945), American archaeologist, former Prehistoric Archeological Supervisor at the Tennessee Division of Archaeology
  • Lennox Ross Broster OBE (1889-1965), South African-born surgeon, honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1958
  • Ben Broster (b. 1982), English-born, Welsh international rugby union footballer
  • Dorothy Kathleen "D.K." Broster (1877-1950), British novelist and short-story writer

Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
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