I became interested in family history when the 1901 census was published on line. My
maiden name is Brewerton and when I hit a brick wall with my Gt.x 3 grandfather
William Brewerton c 1765 Wales/Cheshire, I started collecting other Brewertons
because I wanted to know where the name came from.
In 2008 I put that information on to Tribal pages.
Thanks to the generosity of many people, the study has grown to such an extent that I
have been accepted as a member of the Guild of One Name-Studies and have been awarded
category B for the name BREWERTON variants BRUERTON and BRERETON.
I am in the process of collecting the name Brewerton for a One Name Study.
I am also collecting the name Bruerton and Brereton as a variant.
This has been defined as:
Research into the genealogy and family history of all persons with the same
surname and its variants.
According to the 'internet surname database' Brewerton is an English medieval
surname. It is locational from various places called 'Brereton' in the counties of
Staffordshire and Cheshire, and 'Brearton' in West Yorkshire. The place name
derivations are slightly different as can be seen from records in the Domesday Book
Brereton in Cheshire (called Brewerton in some publications) and Brearton in
West Yorkshire are recorded as 'Bretone' and 'Brareton' respectively and derive from
the Old English pre 7th Century elements 'braer' meaning briar and 'tun', meaning
enclosure or settlement.
Brereton in Staffordshire is first recorded as 'Breredon', the second element being 'dun'
meaning hill. The two names would therefore denote one who lived at the settlement
where briars grew, or at the briar hill.
I think this meaning must be taken with some caution since the same meaning is given
to the name Brereton.
If you have a question about this study then contact me via the contact button.
I am very happy to answer any questions regarding names on the study.
If you wish to view the study then I would like to know what your
connection to the name is.
At the moment we have 3046 Brewertons on this study.
There are 434 Bruertons and 52 Le Gay Breretons.
I have 3 other sites for the name Brereton.
If you wish to copy the information on the study, including photos, will you
please keep your tree private on the internet.
Some of the info may contravene copyright laws.
Go to useful links below to the National Trust Surname Information for more on this
According to my research the name was most prevalent in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire
and Oxfordshire. The Oxford Brewertons started out as Bruerton or Bruton and this may
have come from Auvrai Le Breton who held 22 Lordships granted by William the
Conqueror for his services in 1066 but much more likely, it may have come from the
village of Bruton in Somerset.
I have put a collection of 'Brewertons from Cheshire' under that title.
These are early Brewertons from various villages in Cheshire who are not attached to a tree.
'Brewertons from London' are a collection of records from various London churches.
I also have 'unconnected Lancs Brewertons', 'unconnected Middlesex Brewertons' and
'unconnected Surrey Brewertons'. These are marriages from the LDS which have not been connected to
For many years some people believed that the name Brewerton came from the name Brereton. In fact DNA
testing has shown that only one line, William Brewerton c 1765 Cheshire/Wales came from the name
I have 3 tribalpages sites which are one-name and place studies of the name.
Find them mentioned above or in the links section on this page.
On the 1841 census there are only 46 Bruertons and most of them came from Darlaston,
I have been given the tree of Thomas Bruerton c1590-1648 Scalford, Leicestershire.
Unfortunately this family changed its name backwards and forwards till the last
Bruerton, Richard 1730.
I have been given fragments of Darlaston trees. Whilst it would be nice to think that
they all come from a common ancestor, I have no proof of this as yet. I have put the
various Darlaston branches, 10 so far, under Notes on DARLASTON.
Early Bruertons from Darlaston: Joseph c1730 = Elizabeth Deaken,William c1735 =
Sarah, Theophilus c1735 = Elizabeth, Samuel c1744 = Sarah and John c1751 = Mary.
On the LDS site it has a list of Brewertons and Bruertons from Baswich, Staffs. I
think this is where the Darlaston Bruertons came from. The list is in stories.
On the LDS site there are Bruertons from several different areas. I now have a small
collection of Bruertons from Worcester.
On the LDS the Yorkshire Brewertons of Horbury were transcribed as Bruertons on
All the other Bruertons that I have come across belong to the Brewerton Oxford tree.
This is from Thomas Brewerton/Bruerton 1720 Godington.
One of the Darlaston Bruerton families moved to Birmingham and became Brueton.
Variants: A true variant of a name is where it has been used by a branch of a family
for several generations and is not a one off mistake by the clergy or census recorder
of the day. For example in the family bible of Abigale Brewerton of the Oxford tree
the name is written as Bruton and Bruerton and one branch of the family kept to the
Some names have evolved over the years and whilst not seen as a variant by the
Guild of One-Name Studies are nevertheless surnames in their own right.
Le Gay Brereton
In the Everton tree, Dr Charles Brewerton 1788 believed that the family name used to
be Brereton and changed his name. See 'Research on the Everton family'. His nephew
Dr. John Le Gay Brewerton 1827, on his way to Australia, changed his surname to Le
Gay Brereton and there are many Le Gay Breretons in Australia who came from this line.
Several Welsh Brewertons moved to Lancashire and became Broughtons.
John Brewerton 1801 = Margaret Jackson. Moved to Liverpool from Bistree North Wales
and from the 1841 all his family is recorded as Broughton
Thomas Brewerton 1803 = Hannah Jenkins, brother of the above, also moved to Liverpool
and family recorded as Broughton but as a witness at his nieces wedding, Ann
Brewerton in 1842 Liverpool, was recorded as Brewerton.
John Brewerton 1829 = Sarah Whitefield born Mancott Flintshire, nephew of the above.
Moved to Lancs. and was Brewerton on the 1841/51 but Broughton thereafter.
There are also examples of people recorded as Brewerton in Cheshire on various
censuses who were Broughton. William Brewerton 1786 (Wilmslow) and Elizabeth (Betty)
Brewerton 1789 belong in this category. Many thanks to Colin Broughton for this
I am not adding Broughton as a variant since it is a name in its own right but I will
add Broughtons who came from the name Brewerton.
Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England
this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Prior to the Invasion of William the Conqueror
in 1066, no one had surnames, only Christian or nicknames.The majority of surnames
are derived from patronymics, i.e. the forming of a surname from the father's given
name such as Johnson, meaning literally "the son of John."
They were also given surnames to show trades, occupational, such as Smith, and areas
in which they lived, locational, eg. Brewerton.
There are several unique trees on this site.
Tribal pages allows 16 of them to be highlighted.
The others I have marked by putting the area they came from next to the name. eg.
John James Brewerton (Durham).
Please note the links next to the trees which takes you straight to the head of
Tree 1: Robert Brewerton c1537 Everton, Nottingham.(DNA tested)Nottingham Tree
Tree 2: Christopher Brewerton c1586 Thorpe, Rothwell, Yorkshire. (DNA tested)
Tree 3: Richard Brewerton, known as Bruerton or Bruton c1652 Godington, Oxfordshire.
(DNA tested) Oxford Tree
Tree 4: George Brewerton 1665 born London, moved to the USA. (USA1.) USA1 Tree
Tree 5: William Brewerton c1765 Wales/Cheshire? (My tree.)(DNA tested) Welsh Tree
Tree 6: James Brewerton c1806 Bethnal Green.(B.G) (DNA Tested) Middlesex B.G. Tree
Tree 7: John James Brewerton c1810 Sunderland, Durham. (Durham) (DNA tested) Durham Tree
Tree 8: Samuel Brewerton c 1834 London to Newcastle upon Tyne (N.u.T.). Could be
Samuel c1832 Bethnal Green, part of tree 6.(B.G.)(DNA tested) Newcastle Tree
ALL NAMES SHOULD EITHER HAVE A COLOUR OR A PLACE NAME ATTACHED TO THEM TO SHOW
WHICH TREE THEY BELONG TO.
I have put a collection of Brewertons and Bruertons who have been convicted of a
crime into a Rogues Gallery. Rogues Gallery.
I have put on some general information gathered from the London Gazette and other
I have also put on some notes regarding trees by giving the first person on the tree
a father called notes.
Apart from the trees I also have 16th, 17th and 18th century christenings and the
1841, 1851 and 1861 census on Excel. I have put the census info into family groups
and have attached notes.
If you would like a copy of any of these then please contact me.
I have put these into 'Stories'.
They do not show all the information that I have on excel but are worth looking at.
I HAVE USED THE INFORMATION ON THESE TREES AS GIVEN TO ME.
WHERE I HAVE RECEIVED TREES THAT DIFFER IN OPINION, I HAVE MADE A NOTE BY THE
PERSON'S NAME, e.g. WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN DIFFERENT PARENTS.
Latest News. May. '16.
I have a facebook page under the name Jeanie Brewerton. I post info on there
regarding family history and also the Brewerton DNA project.
DNA: I have started a DNA project with www.familytreedna.com
I would be very grateful if you would donate to the DNA project.
A Y-37 kit costs $149.00 via the project. I need help to fund these kits.
The money, which is payable directly to the project, will be used to buy DNA kits.
The address of the DNA project is:
The link is in the link list below.
We have results on 32 members.
DNA has shown that the tree called Cheshire/Flintshire, William Brewerton c1765
was connected to the Brereton family some time in the 1500/1600.
The tree which started with John Brewerton 1780 Leeds and
moved to the USA has been shown to belong to the Yorkshire tree.
The more members who join, the more information we will gather.
Donations to the fund, given directly through the site, welcome.
Donations will be used to buy testing kits.
Please check the information before you use it.
To use this site.
If you are searching for a particular person e.g. Daniel Brewerton 1840 you can
either put his name in the find box on the top right hand corner, surname first, or
go into the alphabet list, hit B then hit Brewerton and then hit Daniel. You will see
the marker which shows you which tree he belongs to.
If the person you are looking for has a common name e.g. William and you are not sure
of the date of birth but know the name of spouse then it is easier to find them via
If you know which tree they belong to that will be indicated either by
the coloured marker or place name next to their name.
I would like to thank everyone who has given me their names to use on this
Without their help this would be a much smaller piece of work.
The flags which border this page represent the countries where Brewertons have been
born or have lived.