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

The surname Drone is derived from the Middle English word "drane," or drone, which is the male honey bee.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Drane, Drain, Drone, Dron, Dran, Drayne, Drayn and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1276 when Roger Drane held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drone research. Another 262 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Drone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Drone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drone Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Drone, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Richd Drone, who arrived in Virginia in 1655

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

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:36.

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