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The distinguished surname Drager is of German origin. The name is derived from the Old Germanic word "Dreier," literally meaning "a group of three," which generally referred to a local committee made up of three people which passed laws for the local townships; it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a member of such a group. Alternatively, the name may be derived from "Dreher," meaning "lathe-hand or turner"; in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a practitioner of this profession.

Drager Early Origins



The surname Drager was first found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during this early period. The first known bearer of the name was L. Dreghere, who lived in Hannover in 1348.

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Drager Spelling Variations


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Drager Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Dreyer, Dreier, Dreigher, Dreger, Dreher, Driggs, Dreiger and many more.

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Drager Early History


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Drager Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drager research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1688, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Drager History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Drager Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Drager Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lodwick Drager, aged 23, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

Drager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Drager, aged 21, arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • Mr. Drager, who arrived in America in 1846

Drager Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Drager, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Drager (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Drager (post 1700)



  • Richard Drager, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Roseville, Michigan, 1963; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 27th District, 1977
  • Margaret Drager, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956, 1960
  • Karl A. Drager, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska Territorial House of Representatives 3rd District, 1939-40

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Drager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drager 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 11 December 2015 at 09:52.

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