Origin Displayed: English
Where did the English Bruwer family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Bruwer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bruwer were recorded, including Brewer, Bruer, Bruyere, Brewyer, Breuer, Brower and others.
First found in Devonshire where they were seated from early times after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bruwer arrived in North America very early: Daniel Brewer who settled in the Barbados in 1680; John Brewer and his wife Marie, who came to Boston Mass. in 1632; Obadiah Brewer, who was on record in New England in 1647.