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

The ancestors of the Driding family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands of Dryden, near Roslin in Forfar where the name is pronounced Drayden.

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In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Driding has been spelled Dryden, Driden, Dridane, Driedan, Drydan, Drydon, Drydun, Dridan, Driden, Dridun and many more.

First found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Driding research. Another 333 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1329, 1306, 1455, 1481, 1521, 1631, 1700 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Driding History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 167 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Driding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Driding: Adam Dryden, who began his life in the south in Georgia in the mid 1700's; Mary Driden landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806; William Dryden settled in New York State in 1855. Later members of the family landed in the northeast states..

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The Driding Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Driding 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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