Show ContentsDrager History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Drager family

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.

Early History of the Drager family

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Drager Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Drager family (pre 1700)

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United States Drager migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lodwick Drager, aged 23, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
Drager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Drager, aged 21, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • Mr. Drager, who arrived in America in 1846 [1]

New Zealand Drager migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Drager Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Drager, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Drager (post 1700) +

  • Lindsey Drager (b. 1986), American author and professor of creative writing at the College of Charleston from Toledo, Ohio
  • Richard Drager, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Roseville, Michigan, 1963; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 27th District, 1977 [2]
  • Margaret Drager, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956, 1960 [2]
  • Karl A. Drager, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Alaska Territorial House of Representatives 3rd District, 1939-40 [2]
  • Mohamed Dräger (b. 1996), Tunisian-German footballer
  • Jörg Dräger (b. 1968), German physicist, politician and manager from Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
  • Gustav Karl "Guus" Dräger (1917-1989), Dutch association football player

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook