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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Chad brewer

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!

Alan Brewer

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.

Alisha D. Brewer
From what i've been told my family came from germany. I would love to learn more about our history.

Bruce Brewer
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.

I am a Brewer and its awesome

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.

cara brewer
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

Sandy Brewer
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.

W. Brewer
We have Brewers here in Texas since the 1700 when it was Spain. When I was in Germany the Gemans did pronounce it Breaver.

there are other brewers wow i am also a brewer

mathew brewer
Been wantingt to learn and trace my family history thak you for nudgein me

kevin Brewer
Yada yada yada. I think there is an old Norse origin to the name too. Bruar being a builder of bridges, bru being a stream or river. One particular version is a bridge builder for souls to cross over. In the parish registers in the mid 16th century the latin version of my ancestors name is given as Bruar,Bruer, which if think ties it backwards to the old Norse. And don't forget the Calvados and the Normans were ex-Vikings. The occupational derivation of the surname is tricky because if you look at the distribution of Brewers in the 1881 census for the UK most are clustered in the south, and in the south west in particular. As an occupation one would think they were evenly spread over the country. I suspect very few Brewers are descended from the occupation. Drogo de Briwere was a first cousin of William the bastard, aka the Conqueror.

It caught my eye that you wrote yada yada. Do you know anything more about Brewer (or Bruar) meaning (history)?

I am also a Brewer born in New Zealand in 1953 and curious about the origin of our name

Sierra Brewer
I have always heard of the beer brewing origin of the last name Brewer. I love it!

Kayley Brewer
Finally some interesting information on the Brewer name lol. Love the part of being a beer brewer, very true lol. I love my last name and am proud to have it =D

my grandmas name was brewer, so i guess that would be my moms maiden name........this was interesting but id like to know more :D

Justin Brewer
This is some interesting information about my last name. I have heard many time about the occupational meaning of brewing beer. I would be very proud if this holds true personally. =P

Sharen Brewer

My Dads name was Donald Brewer we were born in Nebraska, Our relatives raise corn and cattle there. I live in Oregon now but spent most of my life in Washington State. My Dad told me and my brother and sister that we are Black Irish on his side. He was dark like a Spanish race. I am med skin color. Although I am English from my mother too. I have green eyes, I am proud to be a Spanish Irish and I took my Brewer name back when I was divorced. We try to keep this name prominent in our family. I love our name too and I'm so glad to read all of these posts.