Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • South German (Bräu) : from a primitive form of the agent noun for a brewer, Middle High German briuwe.
  • North German : from Middle Low German brūw(e) denoting ‘a set quantity brewed at once’.
  • Catalan and southern French : nickname from brau ‘wild’, from Latin barbarus ‘barbarian’, ‘ruffian’.