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Where did the French Drayer family come from? What is the French Drayer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drayer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drayer family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Drée, Drées, Dray, Drait, Draits, Drey, Draye, Drayes, Draie, Draies, Drez, Drai, Drais, Dret, Drei, du Drée, de Drée, Drayer, Draite, Dré, Drer, Drest and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drayer research. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1131, 1191, 1600, 1671, 1672, and 1746 are included under the topic Early Drayer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drayer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Peter Drayer, who arrived in Maryland in 1633

Drayer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joanis Drayer, aged 55, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Henry Drayer settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768

Drayer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Isadore Drayer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854

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The Drayer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drayer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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