Bryer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bryer family

The surname Bryer was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat as one of the prominent Border Clans defending the Scottish border in the west marches. They are said to have the longest and most honorable connection with border life.

Important Dates for the Bryer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bryer research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1384, 1469, 1473, 1502, 1503, 1504, 1548, 1579, 1590, and 1630 are included under the topic Early Bryer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bryer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacBriar, McBriar, MacBrair, McBrair, MacBraire, McBraire, MacBriare, McBriare, Briar, Brier, Brire, Briars, Briers, Brires, Braires, Brares, Braire, Brair, MacBrare, McBrare, Brare, MacBrar, McBrar, Brar, MacBrayr, McBrayr, MacBrayre, McBrayre, McBryar, MacBryar, MacBray, McBray, MacBrire, McBrire, MacBrier and many more.

Early Notables of the Bryer family (pre 1700)

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Bryer migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bryer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Bryer, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Rob Bryer, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [1]
  • Richard Bryer, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1665 [1]
  • Ann Bryer, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Bryer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Bryer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Godfrey Bryer, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1794 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bryer (post 1700)

  • Henry Bryer (d. 1799), English engraver, a pupil of William Wynne Ryland, in partnership with whom he for some years carried on an extensive printselling business in Cornhill [2]
  • Denise Bryer (b. 1928), English voice actor
  • Tania Bryer (b. 1962), British television personality
  • Lionel Bryer (1928-2006), South African-British youth arts promoter, co-founder of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
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