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The ancestors of the Brouwer family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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.

Brouwer Early Origins



The surname Brouwer was first found in Devon where they were found "at the time of the Domesday Survey and founded Tor Abbey." [1]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. " [2]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.) [3]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)

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Brouwer Spelling Variations


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Brouwer Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brouwer were recorded, including Brewer, Bruer, Bruyere, Brewyer, Breuer, Brower and others.

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Brouwer Early History


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Brouwer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brouwer research. Another 341 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 120 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Brouwer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brouwer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brouwer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Brouwer arrived in North America very early:

Brouwer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Harmensen Brouwer, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Adair Brouwer, who landed in New York in 1642
  • Adam Brouwer, who landed in New York, NY in 1647
  • Willem Brouwer, who arrived in New York in 1657
  • Matthys Brouwer, who landed in New York in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brouwer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Diderick Brouwer, who landed in New York in 1709

Brouwer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Helmick Brouwer, aged 65, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Gerrit Brouwer, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Gerrit J Brouwer, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • John Brouwer, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Mary Brouwer, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brouwer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brouwer (post 1700)



  • Tony Brouwer, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 91st District in 1964
  • Rodney Brouwer, American politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa in 1996
  • Edward Brouwer (1892-1954), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ottawa County, 1933-1936
  • Abraham E. Brouwer, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1809-1810
  • Tony Brouwer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 91st District, 1964
  • Rodney Brouwer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1996
  • Edward Brouwer (1892-1954), American Republican politician,Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ottawa County, 1933-36; Defeated in primary, 1940, 1950; Candidate for Michigan State Senate 23rd District, 1936
  • Abraham E. Brouwer, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1809-10
  • Margaret Brouwer (b. 1940), American composer
  • Ronald Leendert Brouwer (b. 1979), Dutch field hockey player, member of the the silver medal winning Dutch national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Brouwer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brouwer 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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