Brewer Family History

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Brewer Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a brewer of beer or ale, from an agent derivative of Old English breowan ‘to brew’. Compare Brewster. English (of Norman origin): anglicized form of French Bruyère (see Bruyere), habitational name from a place so called in Calvados, France. Translation of Dutch Brouwer, German Brauer or Breuer, etc., all occupational names meaning ‘brewer’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Breuer, Brewster, Breer, Breger, Reder, Bruer, Brauer, Bremer, Brower

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Brewer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brewer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brewer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Brewer Family Origin

Where is the Brewer family from?

Brewer Family Occupations

What did your Brewer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brewer. A less common occupation for the Brewer family was Farming. The most common Brewer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Brewer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Brewer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Brewer Historical Records

What Brewer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 496,000 census records available for the last name Brewer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brewer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Brewer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 92,000 military records available for the last name Brewer. For the veterans among your Brewer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brewer Life Expectancy

What is the average Brewer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Brewer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Brewer in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brewer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brewer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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