When the ancestors of the Browes family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Norfolk
. Historians disagree on which of three regions of Normandy
the name is drawn from, Brix, Le Brus, or Briouze, but whatever the region the name is clearly from Normandy.
Early Origins of the Browes family
The surname Browes was first found in Suffolk
at Little Wenham, a parish, in the incorporation and hundred
of Samford. "The church contains memorials to the family of Brewes. Here are the remains of an old castellated mansion, the seat of that ancient family, by whom it appears to have been erected in 1569; it has been converted into a granary." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Browes family
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Browes Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Browes has been recorded under many different variations, including Brewes, Brews, Brewe, Brewse, Brewis, Brew, Brewas, Brewase, Brue, MacBrew and many more.
Early Notables of the Browes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Browes family to Ireland
Some of the Browes family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Browes family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Browess were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Sackfield Brew who settled in Virginia in 1652; William Brew arrived in Philadelphia in 1851.