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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.

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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.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from early times.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Drew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


  • Edward Drew, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Drew, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Hen Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1636


Drew Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • John Drew, who arrived in Boston in 1716
  • Catherine Drew, who arrived in New England in 1723
  • Francis Drew, who arrived in New England in 1727
  • Martha Drew, who arrived in New England in 1728


Drew Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Drew, who landed in New York in 1810
  • A Drew, aged 21, landed in New York in 1812
  • Solomon Drew, who arrived in Washington, DC in 1825
  • N H Drew, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • E Drew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • George Franklin Drew (1827-1900), American politician, twelfth governor of the U.S. state of Florida
  • Daniel Drew (1797-1879), American financier, eponym of Drew University
  • Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950), African-American physician and medical researcher
  • John Drew (1827-1862), Irish-born, American actor and theatre manager
  • Colonel Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr. (b. 1962), NASA Astronaut with over 37 days in space
  • Larry Donnell Drew (b. 1958), American former professional NBA basketball player and current head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Timothy Andrew "Tim" Drew (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball player who played from 2000 to 2004
  • Dennis Drew (b. 1957), American musician, keyboardist for the band 10,000 Maniacs
  • Bryce Homer Drew (b. 1974), American head coach of the Valparaiso University Crusaders men's basketball team, son of Homer Drew
  • Homer Drew (b. 1944), former American college basketball coach

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  • Just Look At All My Families by Lydia Drew Elisaesser.
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  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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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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