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Early Origins of the Brewitt family

The surname Brewitt was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Betsoe, of Osbern de Broilg, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Brewitt family

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Brewitt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brewell, Brewill, Browell, Bruell, Bruill, Bruel, Brevill and many more.

Early Notables of the Brewitt family (pre 1700)

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United States Brewitt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brewitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. George Brewitt, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Abraham" [2]

Australia Brewitt migration to Australia +

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

Brewitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Brewitt, English convict who was convicted in Durham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's. Retrieved January 6th 2023 from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook