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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Drée, Drées, Dray, Drait, Draits, Drey, Draye, Drayes, Draie, Draies, Drez, Drai, Drais, Dret, Drei, du Drée, de Drée, Drayer, Draite, Dré, Drer, Drest and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Draits research. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1131, 1191, 1600, 1671, 1672, and 1746 are included under the topic Early Draits History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Draits Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bert Drees, aged 30; settled in New Orleans in 1820; Edward Drees settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Henry Drayer settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768..

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  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  10. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
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The Draits Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Draits 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 2 October 2003 at 15:46.

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