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

The ancient German region called the Rhineland is where Brower was first used as a hereditary surname. While Germans initially used on a single name, they later adopted surnames to alleviate confusion with others of the same name. As the population grew and people traveled more, the confusion rose, and so did surname use. Many German surnames were derived from the type of work done by the original bearer of the surname. Brower is an occupational name for a person who made and sold ale or beer.


Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Brower include Brauer, Braur, Brauere, Braure, Brauerre, Braeuer ( Silesia and Hessen), Brauers (Rhineland), Breuer, Braeuers, Braeur, Braeurer, Breyer, Breier, Brower (East Friesland), Browers and many more.

First found in the Rhineland and Baden, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brower research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1726, 1829, 1842, and 1895 are included under the topic Early Brower History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Brower were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Brower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Adam Brower, who arrived in New York, NY in 1642

Brower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nickell Brower, aged 54, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johan Peter Brower, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johannes Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Christian Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Henry Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Brower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Brower, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • Geerde Brower, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1847


  • David Ross Brower (1912-2000), American environmentalist, founder of the Sierra Club Foundation (1960) and Friends of the Earth (1969)
  • Edward Andrew "Ned" Brower (b. 1978), American drummer and vocalist
  • James "Jim" Robert Brower (b. 1972), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Frank Willard Brower (1893-1960), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Charles Hendrickson Brower (1901-1984), American advertising executive, copywriter, and author
  • John Morehead Brower (1845-1913), U.S. Representative from North Carolina
  • Jacob V Brower (1844-1905), American archeologist, who discovered aboriginal artifacts in Minnesota
  • Edna May Brower Diefenbaker (1901-1951), first wife of John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Charles Andrew Brower (1857-1924), Ontario farmer and political figure


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The Brower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brower 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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