The Brevene family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name Brun
. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are hardly any Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Brevene family
The surname Brevene was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was originally Bregwin, pronounced Brewin.
Early History of the Brevene family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brevene research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1833, 1538, 1577, 1570, 1656, 1616, 1695, 1682 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Brevene History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brevene Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Brevene include Brewin, Brewne, Brewn, Bruin, Brunhus and others.
Early Notables of the Brevene family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Abraham de Bruyn (born 1538), a Flemish
engraver, established himself at Cologne about the year 1577, ranked among the Little Masters; Nicolaes de... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brevene Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brevene family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Brevene were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William and Thomas Brewin who landed in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1840; Obadiah Bruen landed in Massachusetts in 1640; Patrick Bruen landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1838.