Origins Available: English
When the ancestors of the Bruyer family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Devon
. The name comes from the Norman area of Brovera or Brueria, now Breviare, near Caen, in Normandy
. In its more obvious Old English derivation, the name indicates the bearer is a professional brewer of beers or ales,
and stems from the root breowan,
of the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Bruyer family
The surname Bruyer was first found in Devon
where they were found "at the time of the Domesday Survey
and founded Tor Abbey." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
ANother source provides more detail. "Of 32 Praemonstratensian monasteries in England
, that of Torre, founded and endowed by William de Brewer in 1196, was by far the richest; it was dedicated to Our Holy Saviour, the Virgin Mary, and the Holy Trinity. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Henry de Briwere is generally thought to be one of the first recorded there, held five fees in Devon
during the reign of King Stephen (1135-1154.) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Bruyer family
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Bruyer 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. Bruyer has been recorded under many different variations, including Brewer, Bruer, Bruyere, Brewyer, Breuer, Brower and others.
Early Notables of the Bruyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bruyer 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. Bruyers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Daniel Brewer who settled in Barbados in 1680; John Brewer and his wife Marie, who came to Boston Massachusetts in 1632; Obadiah Brewer, who was on record in New England