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Dreer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Dreer family


The surname Dreer was first found in Annandale, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland as Dreer on the border but frequently changed to Dryer.

Early History of the Dreer family


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Dreer Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Dryer, Dreer, Drier, Drear and others.

Early Notables of the Dreer family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dreer family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Georg Drear, who settled in Philadelphia in 1750; Hendrick Dryer, who came to Charles Town, SC sometime between 1767 and 1768; Geo. Dryer, who settled in South Carolina in 1844.

The Dreer Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nunquam non paratus
Motto Translation: Never unprepared.


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