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Where did the English Drew family come from? What is the English Drew family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drew family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drew family history?The name Drew came to England with the ancestors of the Drew family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Drew family lived in Gloucestershire. The surname descends from Herman de Drewes, whose name translates literally as from Drewes.
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Drew, Drewe, Drywe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drew research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drew History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Drew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Drew 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.
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Drew or a variant listed above:
Drew Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Drew Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Drew Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Drew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drew 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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