Browis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Browis reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Browis family 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 Browis family
The surname Browis 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." 
Early History of the Browis family
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Browis Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Browis family name include Brewes, Brews, Brewe, Brewse, Brewis, Brew, Brewas, Brewase, Brue, MacBrew and many more.
Early Notables of the Browis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Browis family to Ireland
Some of the Browis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Browis family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Browis family to immigrate North America: Sackfield Brew who settled in Virginia in 1652; William Brew arrived in Philadelphia in 1851.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.