Drea is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Drea family lived in Wiltshire
. The surname descends from Herman de Drewes, whose name translates literally as from Drewes
Early Origins of the Drea family
The surname Drea was first found in Wiltshire
where Amalric de Drewes held lands as listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
However, there is an earlier listing of Wado de Dreux living in 1050 but at an unknown location. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The Anglo-Norman name claims descend from Dreux, which lies near the boundary between Normandy
and the Île-de-France. The Counts of Dreux were a noble family of France, who took their title from the château of Dreux. Robert I of Dreux, the fifth son of Louis VI of France, nicknamed the Great (c.1123-1188) married Hawise of Salisbury (1118-1152), daughter of Walter Fitz Edward of Salisbury, Sheriff of Wiltshire.
Early History of the Drea family
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Drea Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Drea are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Drea include Drew, Drewe, Drywe and others.
Early Notables of the Drea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Drea family to Ireland
Some of the Drea family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Drea family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Drea Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Joanna Drea, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
- Daniel Drea, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
- Bridget Drea, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832