Last name origins & meanings:
- Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a brewer of
beer or ale, from Old English brēowan ‘to brew’.
Brewer is the usual term in southern England, while
Brewster is mainly midland, northern, and Scottish.
- The Mayflower Pilgrim William Brewster (1567–1644) was the
son of the bailiff of the manor of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, home of
one of the earliest Puritan congregations. He was a prominent leader
in Plymouth Colony from the 1620s until his death.
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