Anglo-Saxon surname Bruyan came from the baptismal name Brun. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are hardly any Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Bruyan family
Leicestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was originally Bregwin, pronounced Brewin.
Early History of the Bruyan family
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Bruyan Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bruyan family name include Brewin, Brewne, Brewn, Bruin, Brunhus and others.
Early Notables of the Bruyan family (pre 1700)
Flemish engraver, established himself at Cologne about the year 1577, ranked among the Little Masters; Nicolaes de...
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Migration of the Bruyan family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bruyan surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William and Thomas Brewin who landed in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1840; Obadiah Bruen landed in Massachusetts in 1640; Patrick Bruen landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1838.
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