English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Bruern

Major Settlement in the Parish of Bruern

Historical Forms

  • Bruaria 1159,62 P
  • Bruir' 1162 P
  • Brueria 1172 Os 1447 Cl
  • (abbas et fratres de) Brueria' Tretoniæ late12th Madox
  • Bruiera 1208 Cur 1230 P
  • Bruern c.1200 OsReg
  • Bruerne 1241 FF 1526 LS
  • Bruwere 1217 Cl
  • Brewere c.1220–30 Frid c.1425
  • Briwer 1221 Bract
  • Briwer', Bruwer' 1246 Cl
  • Breware 1384 Cl
  • Boruerne c.1242–3 AD
  • Brewerne 1395 Cl 1526 LS
  • Bruarne t.Hy8 Valor

Etymology

Probably the name is OFr  bruiere , 'heath,' as in Temple Bruer (L), which suits the topography and accords with the earliest forms.The modern name and the later forms support Ekwall's etymology (DEPN), 'brewery' from OE  brēowærn .