The generations and branches of the Brevine family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Brevine 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 Brevine family
The surname Brevine 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 Brevine family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brevine 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 Brevine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brevine Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brevine include Brewin, Brewne, Brewn, Bruin, Brunhus and others.
Early Notables of the Brevine 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 Brevine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brevine family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brevine or a variant listed above: 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.