The name Brews was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Brews family lived in Norfolk
. Historians disagree on which of three regions of Normandy
the name is drawn from, Brix, Le Brus, or Briouze, but whatever the region the name is clearly from Normandy.
Early Origins of the Brews family
The surname Brews was first found in Suffolk
at Little Wenham, a parish, in the incorporation and hundred
of Samford. "The church contains memorials to the family of Brewes. Here are the remains of an old castellated mansion, the seat of that ancient family, by whom it appears to have been erected in 1569; it has been converted into a granary." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Brews family
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Brews Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Brewes, Brews, Brewe, Brewse, Brewis, Brew, Brewas, Brewase, Brue, MacBrew and many more.
Early Notables of the Brews family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brews family to Ireland
Some of the Brews family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Brews family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brews Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Peter Brews, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml