Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire where it is a well known name for many years. The name literally means at the brere, or someone who lived by a briar patch.
Early Origins of the Brear family
Shropshire,where Walter le Brer was registered in 1255. Early in the history of the family name it branched to Huntingdonshire, where John le Breres was recorded in 1273, and to Oxfordshire, where Richard le Brer was living in 1279. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Brear family
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Brear Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brear have been found, including Brear, Breare, Brer, Breres, Brere, Brears and others.
Early Notables of the Brear family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brear family to Ireland
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Migration of the Brear family to the New World and Oceana
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