The surname Draver 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.
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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..