Last name: Brewster

This is an occupational surname for a brewer of beer or ale, and is of Anglo-Saxon origin. The name derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century verb 'breowan', to brew, and was in Middle English 'brewere', a brewer. Until the 13th Century, the name 'Brewster' was the feminine equivalent of 'Brewer', although after that date the term was used equally for male and female brewers. Roger Breuestere, (Suffolk, 1221), and Emma le Breustere, (The Hundred Rolls of Berkshire, 1279). On April 2nd 1553 Edward Brwster, an infant, was christened in St. Andrew's, Enfield, London. an interesting namebearer was William Brewster (1560 - 1644) of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, who sailed for Virginia aboard the Mayflower in 1620, and founded New Plymouth, (New England), where he worked as a teacher and preacher. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Briwerra, which was dated 1192, Ancient Charter of Hampshire, during the reign of King Richard 1, 'The Lionheart', 1189 - 1199. 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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my name is julian brewster

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my name is julian brewster

My family is from barbados .

Connie Wagar

Just found out My grandmother was a Brewster. She was from Nova Scotia. (fathers mother) Lillian Brewster.

harold l owens

my grandmother was a brewster

harold l owens

my grandmother was a brewster

I am a descendant of William Brewster of the Mayflower. Checking out the surnames here - very interesting!


I actually am of the same lineage!

Angelyn Beale
My mother's name is Mary Brouster and the farthest I can trace back is Louisiana. Any info would be great!

b wilson
What part of Louisiana and my elders are Brewster's

Devin Brewster
Matthew Brewster's explanation sounds pretty interesting, I've never heard that theory before.

Joseph Brewster
My dad was from St Vincent his name-Albert Brewster (1920-2005) and his dad was from Barbados - James Brewster. I was told that my uncles went to St Lucia, Barbados and Guyana. I am in search of family history. I am from Trinidad.

Darryl Brewster
I am looking For Brewster family

Matthew Brewster
As it's an occupational name it's very likely that it originated in a number of places at once. If you check out the Oxford surname dictionary they suggest that the name is more common in Scotland, northern and eastern England. The suggestion is that the -ster suffix actually denotes someone who brewed beer professionally as opposed to being a general household duty. I wonder whether the ster isn't actually a shortening of Master, hence Brewmaster, the head of a brewery. Haven't been able to find any documentary evidence though. By the way, my grandparents came from Scotland but 100 years before that my line were in County Mayo, Ireland and I suspect from Scotland before that. Is anyone aware of this line?

Donald - It is a Scottish surname, this entry is mistaken.

Cyrus Brewster
My name is Cyrus Brewster and was born in Barbados West Indies on September 1937. My father's name was Edmond Brewster and my Mother's name was Eudalee Brewster. I very much would like to know am I an those of my Ancestors

nicole brewster
thats because it is scottish :)

Donald F. Brewster
My name is Donald Brewster and my family name came to me from the caribbean nation of Barbados. I'm of Afro-Caribbean descent and I know there are a lot of people with the surname Brewster in Barbados. For years, I assumed that my name was English but in recent years I was told it's actually Scottish.

M. Knighton
My great, great grandfather, Rheese McGregor, was married to a woman named Charlotte Pierce Brewster. My notes show that they were of Taylorsville, Georgia. I want to know more about her lineage.

Mary Milson
My name is Mary Milson. My maiden name is Mary Brewster and I was born on 23/05/1955. My father's name was Gordon and he was born on 12/7/1917. His father John came here when he was 15 and settled in Casino where he later had a joinery. I think he came out here because he had a half-brother her. Gordon married Mary Cecilia Canavan in 1944.