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Where did the English Drews family come from? What is the English Drews family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drews family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drews family history?Drews is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Drews family lived in Gloucestershire. The surname descends from Herman de Drewes, whose name translates literally as from Drewes.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Drew, Drewe, Drywe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drews research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drews History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Drews Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Drews 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.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Drews or a variant listed above:
Drews Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Drews Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Drews Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drews 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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