The distinguished surname Dreger is of German origin. The name is derived from the Old Germanic word "Dreier," literally meaning "a group of three," which generally referred to a local
committee made up of three people which passed laws for the local townships; it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a member of such a group. Alternatively, the name may be derived from "Dreher," meaning "lathe-hand or turner"; in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a practitioner of this profession.
Early Origins of the Dreger family
The surname Dreger was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during this early period. The first known bearer of the name was L. Dreghere, who lived in Hannover in 1348.
Early History of the Dreger family
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Dreger Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Dreyer, Dreier, Dreigher, Dreger, Dreher, Driggs, Dreiger and many more.
Early Notables of the Dreger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dreger family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dreger Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Arthur Dreger, aged 2, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
- Friedrich Dreger, aged 7, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
- Gustave Dreger, aged 36, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
- Martha Dreger, aged 28, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
- Wanda Dreger, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902