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The name Brister was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name for a brewster or brewer. Brister is an occupational name, given to someone who held the occupation of a brewer of ale. The inclusion of the feminine suffix -ster, indicates that this was originally a woman's occupation. Members of the Brister family were originally found in Lanarkshire, where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest, in 1066.

Brister Early Origins



The surname Brister was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. The Scord of Brouster is one of the earliest Neolithic farm sites in Shetland, Scotland dating back to 2220 B C. Some of the earliest records of the family include: Nicholaus, braciator regis (i.e. the king's brewer), was present at the perambulation of lands in 1219; Johannes the 'braciator' was one of the 'native men' of the Abbey of Dunfermline in the thirteenth century; and Thomas le Breuester of the forest of Passeley in the county of Lanark rendered homage in 1296. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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Brister Spelling Variations


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Brister Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Brister has been spelled Brewster, Broster, Brouster, Brewester, Brostar and many more.

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Brister Early History


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Brister Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brister research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1382, 1480, 1379, 1599, 1663, 1645, 1659, 1623, 1671, 1653, 1656, 1560, 1644, 1620, 1674, 1702, 1674 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Brister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brister Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brister Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Brewster (1599-1663), an English politician and officer who sat in the House of Commons between 1645 and 1659, he was a general in the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War; Francis Brewster (1623- 1671), an English...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brister In Ireland


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Brister In Ireland



Some of the Brister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Brister were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Brister Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Brister, who landed in Maryland in 1651

Brister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arno Brister, aged 20, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brister (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brister (post 1700)



  • Wanda Brister (b. 1957), American operatic mezzo-soprano
  • Robert Earl Brister (b. 1920), United States Navy officer during World War II, lost at sea, eponym of the USS Brister (DE/DER-327), an Edsall-class destroyer escort
  • Scott Andrew Brister (b. 1954), American jurist, Texas Supreme Court Justice (2003-2009)
  • Patricia Phillips "Pat" Brister (b. 1946), American businesswoman and Republican politician, Louisiana Republican Party State Chairman (2000-2004)
  • Walter Andrew "Bubby" Brister III (b. 1962), American NFL football quarterback who played from 1986 to 2001
  • Patricia Brister (b. 1947), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 2000; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 2004
  • James Brister, American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate 31st District, 1947
  • Jacob H. Brister, American Republican politician, West Virginia State Treasurer, 1867-69
  • H. Brister, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1908
  • Charles W. Brister, American politician, Mayor of Auburn, New York, 1915
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  11. ...

The Brister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brister Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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