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Where did the English Brower family come from? What is the English Brower family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brower family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brower family history?

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] 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.) [2]


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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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More information is included under the topic Early Brower Notables 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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  • Jacob V Brower (1844-1905), American archeologist, who discovered aboriginal artifacts in Minnesota
  • John Morehead Brower (1845-1913), U.S. Representative from North Carolina
  • Charles Hendrickson Brower (1901-1984), American advertising executive, copywriter, and author
  • Frank Willard Brower (1893-1960), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • James "Jim" Robert Brower (b. 1972), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Edward Andrew "Ned" Brower (b. 1978), American drummer and vocalist
  • David Ross Brower (1912-2000), American environmentalist, founder of the Sierra Club Foundation (1960) and Friends of the Earth (1969)
  • Charles Andrew Brower (1857-1924), Ontario farmer and political figure
  • Edna May Brower Diefenbaker (1901-1951), first wife of John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada


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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. ^ 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. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. 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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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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