Show ContentsBrower History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient German region called the Rhineland is where Brower was first used as a hereditary surname. While Germans initially used on a single name, they later adopted surnames to alleviate confusion with others of the same name. As the population grew and people traveled more, the confusion rose, and so did surname use. Many German surnames were derived from the type of work done by the original bearer of the surname. Brower is an occupational name for a person who made and sold ale or beer.

Early Origins of the Brower family

The surname Brower was first found in the Rhineland and Baden, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Brower family

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Brower Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Brower include Brauer, Braur, Brauere, Braure, Brauerre, Braeuer (Silesia and Hessen), Brauers (Rhineland), Breuer, Braeuers, Braeur, Braeurer, Breyer, Breier, Brower (East Friesland), Browers and many more.

Early Notables of the Brower family

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Brower Ranking

In the United States, the name Brower is the 2,247th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [1]

United States Brower migration to the United States +

Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Brower were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Brower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adam Brower, who arrived in New York, NY in 1642 [2]
Brower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nickell Brower, aged 54, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Johan Peter Brower, aged 18, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Johannes Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [2]
  • Christian Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [2]
  • Henry Brower, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
Brower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Brower, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Geerde Brower, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brower (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Jacob V Brower (1844-1905), American archeologist, who discovered aboriginal artifacts in Minnesota
  • C. D. Brower, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1924 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook