Early Origins of the Browett family
The surname Browett was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Betsoe, of Osbern de Broilg, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Browett family
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Browett Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Brewell, Brewill, Browell, Bruell, Bruill, Bruel and others.
Early Notables of the Browett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Browett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Eleanor Brewell, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1758; Susan Brewell, a bonded passenger, who came to Maryland in 1727; and Wm. Browell, who came to New York in 1830..