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The name Brower was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brower 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.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brower have been found, including Brewer, Bruer, Bruyere, Brewyer, Breuer, Brower and others.

First found in Devon where they were found "at the time of the Domesday Survey and founded Tor Abbey." [1] 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] 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]


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

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Brower were among those contributors:

Brower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Adam Brower, who arrived in New York, NY in 1642

Brower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Nickell Brower, aged 54, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johan Peter Brower, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johannes Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Christian Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Henry Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Brower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Brower, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • Geerde Brower, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1847

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  • David Ross Brower (1912-2000), American environmentalist, founder of the Sierra Club Foundation (1960) and Friends of the Earth (1969)
  • Edward Andrew "Ned" Brower (b. 1978), American drummer and vocalist
  • James "Jim" Robert Brower (b. 1972), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Frank Willard Brower (1893-1960), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Charles Hendrickson Brower (1901-1984), American advertising executive, copywriter, and author
  • John Morehead Brower (1845-1913), U.S. Representative from North Carolina
  • C. D. Brower, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1924
  • Burney Eslie Brower (1880-1956), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County 1st District, 1917-20; Member of Michigan State Senate 21st District, 1921-26
  • Albert W. Brower, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1900; Candidate for New York State Senate 28th District, 1922; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 26th District, 1928, 1930, 1932
  • Abraham Brower, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 3rd District, 1841-43

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  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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. 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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Brower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brower 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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