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The name Bruyère reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bruyère family 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.

Bruyère Early Origins



The surname Bruyère was first found in Devon where they were found "at the time of the Domesday Survey and founded Tor Abbey." [1]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. " [2]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.) [3]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)

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Bruyère Spelling Variations


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Bruyère 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 Bruyère family name include Brewer, Bruer, Bruyere, Brewyer, Breuer, Brower and others.

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Bruyère Early History


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Bruyère Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruyère research. Another 341 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 120 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Bruyère History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bruyère Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bruyère Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Bruyère family to immigrate North America:

Bruyère Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jeanne Bruyere, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Susanne Bruyere, who landed in New York, NY in 1710

Bruyère Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • François Bruyère, aged 26, who settled in New Orleans in 1820

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bruyère (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bruyère (post 1700)



  • Étienne Chassin de La Bruyère, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • André Adrien Joseph de La Bruyère, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Francesco Bruyere (b. 1980), Italian judoka
  • Élise Bruyère (1776-1847), French painter who specialized in portraits and floral still life
  • Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696), French essayist and moralist
  • Joseph Bruyere (b. 1948), Belgian cyclist who won One stage Tour de France, Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1976, 1978)
  • Arnaud Bruyère, French artist living in Paris

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Bruyère Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bruyère Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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