name Browerray comes from when its first bearer worked as a brewer. The surname Browerray is derived from the Old English word brewere,
which in turn comes from the Old English word breowan,
which means to brew.
However, the name may also be derived from residence in the place called Bruer in Lincolnshire
, the settlement of Bruera in Cheshire
, or even the place called Bruyère in Calvados, Normandy
. The name of the Norman settlement is derived from the Old French word bruière,
which means heath,
while the names of the English settlements are translated from the Old English word hæth,
which has the equivalent meaning.
Early Origins of the Browerray family
The surname Browerray was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Browerray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Browerray research.Another 367 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Browerray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Browerray Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Browerray include Brewery, Brewerie, Bruere, Brewerry, Brewary, Bruerey, Bruerie and many more.
Early Notables of the Browerray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Browerray family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Browerray or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.