The name Brougher reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Brougher family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Brougher family lived in Devon
. The name comes from the Norman area of Brovera or Brueria, now Breviare, near Caen, in Normandy
. In its more obvious Old English derivation, the name indicates the bearer is a professional brewer of beers or ales,
and stems from the root breowan,
of the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Brougher family
The surname Brougher was first found in Devon
where they were found "at the time of the Domesday Survey
and founded Tor Abbey." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
ANother source provides more detail. "Of 32 Praemonstratensian monasteries in England
, that of Torre, founded and endowed by William de Brewer in 1196, was by far the richest; it was dedicated to Our Holy Saviour, the Virgin Mary, and the Holy Trinity. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Henry de Briwere is generally thought to be one of the first recorded there, held five fees in Devon
during the reign of King Stephen (1135-1154.) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Brougher family
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Brougher Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Brewer, Bruer, Bruyere, Brewyer, Breuer, Brower and others.
Early Notables of the Brougher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brougher family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Brougher name or one of its variants: Daniel Brewer who settled in Barbados in 1680; John Brewer and his wife Marie, who came to Boston Massachusetts in 1632; Obadiah Brewer, who was on record in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Brougher (post 1700)
- Brigadier-General William Edward Brougher (1889-1965), American Commandant Camp Gordon (1947-1949) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) William Brougher. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Brougher/William_Edward/USA.html