The name Drave is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who drove a herd of livestock such as cattle or sheep from one place to another; such a person was called a drover.
The surname Drave is derived from the Old English word draf,
which means drove
Early Origins of the Drave family
The surname Drave was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Drave family
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Drave Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Drave are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Drave include Drover, Drovere, Droves, Drove and others.
Early Notables of the Drave family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Drave family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Drave or a variant listed above: Thomas Drove settled in Virginia in 1651. In Newfoundland, William Drover settled in Upper Island Cove in 1763; Thomas Drover settled in Harbour Grace in 1822.