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Early Origins of the Brewington family

The surname Brewington was first found in East Lothian, at Brunton, "a village, in the parish of Creich, district of Cupar. This village, which is pleasantly situated, is inhabited chiefly by persons employed in agriculture, and in hand-loom weaving for the linen manufacturers of Cupar. " [1] [2]

One of the first records of the family was Walter of Burntoun who held part of Luffness in the reign of Robert III. [3] Further to the south in England, Adam de Brunton was listed in Shropshire, 20 Edward I (in the twentieth year's reign on Edward I.) [4]

Robert de Brunton was found in Cheshire c. 1160-74 and later Edmund de Brunton was listed in the Feet of Fines for Suffolk in 1234. [5]

East Brunton is a township, in the parish of Gosforth, union and W. division of Castle ward, S. division of Northumberland. Nearby we find High and Low Brunton and West Brunton. Collectively they date back to 1242 when they were known as Burneton and literally meant "farmstead by a stream," from the Old English "burna" + "tun. [6]

Early History of the Brewington family

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Brewington Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Brewington has appeared as Brunton, Brunten, Bruntin and others.

Early Notables of the Brewington family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was George Brunton, a writer in Edinburgh; Professor Alexander Brunton, a Professor of Oriental Languages at the University of Edinburgh; and David Brunton represented Lanarkshire in Scottish Parliament in 1585. Many years later Sir Thomas...
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Brewington Ranking

In the United States, the name Brewington is the 5,037th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [7]

United States Brewington migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Brewington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ellen Brewington, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [8]
Brewington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marion N. Brewington, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Paul P. Brewington, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Ed. Brewington, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Margaret Craigie Brewington, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Brewington (post 1700) +

  • Jim Brewington, former professional American football player
  • Ron Brewington (b. 1946), American radio and television broadcaster
  • Jamie Chancellor Brewington (b. 1971), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Norman Brewington, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1952 [9]
  • Marion Vernon Brewington, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Maryland State Senate from Wicomico County, 1900-06 [9]
  • James T. Brewington Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912; Candidate in primary for Illinois State Senate 1st District, 1938 [9]
  • Robert Brewington (b. 1952), English professional footballer

The Brewington Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fax mentis incendium gloriae
Motto Translation: The torch of glory inflames the mind.

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  2. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. 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)
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from on Facebook