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Brewer Coat of Arms / Brewer Family Crest

Brewer Coat of Arms / Brewer Family Crest

The surname of BREWER was originally an occupational name 'the brewer' one who made and sold ale. The name is also spelt BREGER, BREY, BREYER, BREUER, BRUER and BRUYERE. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. Early records of the name mention Roger Breustere who was documented in 1221 in Coounty Suffolk, and Emma la Breustere was recorded in 1279 in Berkshire. John le Brewer appears County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Anthony Bruer of Wiltshire, registered at Oxford University in the year 1588. Charles Brewer married Pennie Mattichamp at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in the year 1750. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monasteries gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The Mayflower pilgrim William Bewster (1567-1644) was the son of the bailiff of the manor of Scrooby in County Nottinghamshire, home of one of the earliest Puritan congregations.

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