The name Brewynn was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It 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 Brewynn family
The surname Brewynn 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 Brewynn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brewynn 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 Brewynn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brewynn Spelling Variations
Brewynn has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Brewynn have been found, including Brewin, Brewne, Brewn, Bruin, Brunhus and others.
Early Notables of the Brewynn 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 Brewynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brewynn family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brewynns to arrive on North American shores: 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.