Early Origins of the Draves family
The surname Draves was first found in Orkney
(Gaelic: Insi Orc, “Island of the wild pigs”), and Shetland
where they held a family seat
at Fitch in the parish of Tingwall (Dingwall.) The Viking influence of northern Scotland
developed as a stepping stone to Iceland from Scandinavia. Many Viking expeditions were started from the Orkneys and the northern tip. Rollo, first Duke of Normandy
, started his conquest of that part of France as an expeditionary from here. Later the name was found in Kirkwall.
Early History of the Draves family
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Draves Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Drever, Dreaver, Draver, Dravar, Draver and others.
Early Notables of the Draves family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Draves family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Harvey Drever, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1856; Fred and George Dreaver, who were naturalized in Ohio in 1868; as well as William Drever, who was naturalized in Indiana between 1916-1918..