Brere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brere is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Brere family

The surname Brere was first found in 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. [1]

Early History of the Brere family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brere research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1500, 1612, 1759 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Brere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brere Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Brere are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Brere include: Brear, Breare, Brer, Breres, Brere, Brears and others.

Early Notables of the Brere family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Brere family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brere or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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