McBrew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name McBrew arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The McBrew 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 McBrew family

The surname McBrew 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." [1]

Important Dates for the McBrew family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBrew research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 150 and 1500 are included under the topic Early McBrew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McBrew Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Brewes, Brews, Brewe, Brewse, Brewis, Brew, Brewas, Brewase, Brue, MacBrew and many more.

Early Notables of the McBrew family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McBrew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McBrew family to Ireland

Some of the McBrew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McBrew family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McBrew or a variant listed above: Sackfield Brew who settled in Virginia in 1652; William Brew arrived in Philadelphia in 1851.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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