Brewerton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The illustrious surname Brewerton is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Brewerton is a place-name from in Breton. Brewerton is a southern English corruption of the name Breton, which denoted a person who came from Brittany, in France. This type of name is called a local surname, which comes from the broad category of hereditary surnames. Local names were usually adopted from the name of the place where an ancestor had once lived. The name came to England with the Norman Conquest in 1066; Alain de Breton was a noble who accompanied Duke William on his successful conquest of England. His sons, Roger and Thomas le Breton, were granted lordships in Somerset. Their name has become a permanent part of the county of Somerset; the village of Bruton derives its name from this family. The place-name Bruton further served as a source for the surnames of some of the people who lived there. In this way did occupants of a small town in southern England become named after a province of France.

Early Origins of the Brewerton family

The surname Brewerton was first found in Somerset and Devon where, in the latter county Auvrai le Breton held twenty two lordships granted to him by William the Conqueror for his service at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Roger and Thomas le Breton, his successors, were granted lordships in Somerset. Bruton was listed in the Domesday Book as Briwetone, [1] and literally meant "farmstead on the River Brue," the latter Celtic word meant "brisk." Combined it meant, "farmstead on the brisk running river." [2] The Hundred of Bruton is one of the 40 hundreds in Somerset and was a relatively small hundred, covering approximately 14,250 acres.

Early History of the Brewerton family

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Brewerton Spelling Variations

Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Bruton, Breton, Brutyn, Brutten, Brutone, Brewton, Brutown, Brewtowne, Bretown and many more.

Early Notables of the Brewerton family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Brewerton family to Ireland

Some of the Brewerton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Brewerton migration to the United States +

Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Brewerton, or a variant listed above:

Brewerton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Brewerton, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [3]
  • George Brewerton, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1689 [3]
Brewerton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Job Brewerton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1831 [3]
  • William Brewerton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [3]
  • John Brewerton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1839 [3]

Canada Brewerton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brewerton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ensign George Brewerton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 he served as part of DeLancey's Corp Regiment [4]
  • Ensign James Brewerton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 he served as part of DeLancey's Corp Regiment [4]

Australia Brewerton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brewerton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Brewerton, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Corona" on 13th October 1866, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brewerton (post 1700) +

  • Henry Brewerton (1801-1879), American Superintendent of the United States Military Academy and colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Teddy Eugene "Ted E." Brewerton (b. 1925), Canadian-born, American general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1978
  • David Brewerton (b. 1943), English author and journalist from London, England
  • Rebecca Dawn Brewerton (b. 1982), Welsh professional golfer and a member of the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/corona


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