Last name: Brewer
This ancient and distinguished name has two distinct origins, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly, the name Brewer may be of Anglo-Saxon origin, and an occupational surname for a brewer of beer or ale, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "breowan", to brew, giving the Middle English term "brewere". The modern surname Brewster has the same derivation, but shows the early medieval "-ster", suffix which originally denoted the feminine gender, but by the middle of the 13th Century was used for both sexes. Similar formations include Baker and Baxter, and Webber and Webster. The first recording of the surname from this source is that of Richard Briwerra, in the "Ancient Charters" of Hampshire. The second possible origin of Brewer is from a Norman locational surname, as in the first recording, below, from the place called Bruyere in Calvados, or an Old French topographical name for someone who lived in a place where heather grew; the placename and the topographical term are derived from the Old French "bruyere", heather. One John le Brewer is recorded in the Exchequer Lay Subsidy Rolls for Somerset in 1327. Daniell Brewer, of Dartmouth, Devonshire, was an early emigrant to the New World colonies, leaving Dartmouth in June 1632 for a plantation in New England. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph de Brueria, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Devonshire, during the reign of King William 1, known as "William the Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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We have traced the family tree back as far as 1530 Wales with ancestor of William Brewer, Physician and a family crest featuring a mermaid.
i have to do this for a class assignment and i am both german and wales so i am not completely sure about the origin of my name and where it came from
My Great Grandmother was a Brewer from Texas. Vernon Powderly Brewer was her name. Her father was James Anderson Brewer b. Tennessee d. Texas. His father was Samuel Morgan Brewer.
I am a Brewer and its awesome
My family came from Germany, Wales and England and it looks like the name could have come from any one of those places after reading this information.
Alisha D. Brewer
From what i've been told my family came from germany. I would love to learn more about our history.
My name is also Brewer, I'm from Ireland and know very little about my ancestors and reading this article just makes me want to find out more. I have always thought my family were brewers of beer etc, I have also thought we originated in Germany but no matter what I'm still proud of my heritage.
Yes, my great great aunt is still alive and say we are of Scandinavia, and we came to Germany from the north. An old story passed down. Very interesting for sure!
i am also brewer my famliy says that we are german,irish,and dutch. very interesting