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Where did the English Drea family come from? What is the English Drea family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drea family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drea family history?Drea is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Drea family lived in Gloucestershire. The surname descends from Herman de Drewes, whose name translates literally as from Drewes.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Drea are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Drea include Drew, Drewe, Drywe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drea research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drea History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Drea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Drea family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Drea, or a variant listed above: Edward Drewe who was on record in Virginia in 1618, two years before the "Mayflower"; Edward Drew, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; John Drew, who came to Virginia in 1642.
The Drea Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drea 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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