Brouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Brouse is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Brouse family lived in Normandy. The exact location of the place from which the family name is derived is under dispute, as one may perhaps expect of such a prominent name. The traditional interpretation is that the name is derived from the place-name Brix, in La Manche. It is argued, however, that there is no real evidence in support of this, and that the name is actually derived from the place-name Le Brus, in Calvados. A surname based upon an already existing place-name is called a habitation name.

Early Origins of the Brouse family

The surname Brouse was first found in Yorkshire where early record of the family found them at Middlesbrough, a town and parish, on the river Tees. "This place, at a very early period, had a chapel dedicated to St. Hilda, which, in the reign of Henry I., was granted by Robert de Brus to the monks of Whitby Abbey, on condition of their founding here a cell to that monastery; this condition was fulfilled, and the institution that was established continued to flourish till the Dissolution." [1]

Skelton in the West Riding of Yorkshire held a special significance to the ancient family. "This place was given at the Conquest to Robert de Brus, a Norman Baron who came over with William, and who erected a castle here, of which scarcely any vestiges remain, the whole having been modernised in 1794. From this baron descended some of the kings of Scotland, and the present family of Bruce, marquesses of Ailesbury. The ancient manor [of Skinningrove] belonged to the Bruces, lords of Skelton, and came by marriage to the Thwengs, of Kilton." [1]

In the North Riding of Yorkshire at Liverton, other early records of the family were found. "This place, which at the time of the Domesday Survey was a barren and unprofitable waste, was granted by the Conqueror to Robert de Brus, lord of Skelton." [1]

Robert I de Brus, 1st Lord of Annandale (c.1070-1142) was the first of the Bruce family to hold lands in Scotland. He founded Gisborough Priory in Yorkshire, in present-day Redcar and Cleveland, in 1119. Close friends with David FitzMalcolm, later known as King David I of Scotland, he was granted extensive lands in he Cotentin Peninsula c. 1120.

William de Broase (d. 1211), was a "rebel Baron, the descendant and heir of William de Braose (alias Braiose, Breause, Brehus, &c.), Lord of Braose, near Falaise in Normandy, who had received great estates in England at the Conquest. The family fixed their seat at Bramber in Sussex, and were lords of its appendant rape. " [2]

Important Dates for the Brouse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brouse research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1274, 1329 and are included under the topic Early Brouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brouse Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bruce, Brus (Gaelic), Bruys, Bruse and others.

Early Notables of the Brouse family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Bruce (1274-1329), King of Scotland. His body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, while his heart is buried in Melrose Abbey. His embalmed...
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Migration of the Brouse family to Ireland

Some of the Brouse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brouse migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brouse or a variant listed above:

Brouse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Brouse, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [3]
  • John Brouse, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [3]
  • Samuel Brouse, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [3]
Brouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jacob Brouse, who landed in New York in 1709 [3]
  • James Brouse, who landed in New England in 1727 [3]

Brouse migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brouse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Brouse U.E. who settled in Augusta Township, Grenville County, Ontario c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. George Brouse U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Joseph Brouse U.E. who settled in Matilda, Dundas County, Ontario c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Peter Brouse U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Peter Brouse Sr., U.E. (b. 1766) who settled in Canada c. 1783 died in 1809 [4]

Brouse migration to Australia

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

Brouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Brouse(b. 1799), aged 21, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 7th August 1820, sentenced for life for housebreaking, transported aboard the ship "Prince of Orange" in October 1820 to Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brouse (post 1700)

  • Macy A. Brouse (1867-1906), American politician, Mayor of Kokomo, Indiana, 1903-06 [6]
  • Charles E. Brouse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1940 [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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