Drever History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Drever family

The surname Drever 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.

Early History of the Drever family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drever research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1492, 1615, 1630, and 1809 are included under the topic Early Drever History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Drever Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Drever, Dreaver, Draver, Dravar, Draver and others.

Early Notables of the Drever family (pre 1700)

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United States Drever migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drever Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Harvey Drever, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1856
  • James Drever, aged 11, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1894
Drever Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Drever, aged 2, who arrived in America from Glasgow, in 1903
  • William Drever, aged 29, who arrived in America from Kirkwall, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jane Drever, aged 47, who arrived in America from Berwick, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jane Drever, aged 29, who arrived in America from Kirkwall, Scotland, in 1907
  • Margt. J. Drever, aged 1, who arrived in America from Kirkwall, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Drever migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Drever Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Drever, aged 30, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon" [1]

New Zealand Drever migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Drever Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Drever, British settler travelling from London via Cobh aboard the ship "Sir George Pollock" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th September 1859 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Drever (post 1700) +

  • Ronald W.P. Drever, Scottish experimental physicist, Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, co-recipient of the 2007 Einstein Prize
  • James Drever (1910-1991), Scottish academic, the 1st Principal of the University of Dundee, son of James Drever, the Scottish psychologist
  • Kris Drever, Scottish contemporary folk musician and songwriter
  • James Drever FRSE (1873-1950), Scottish educational psychologist, the first Professor of Psychology at a Scottish university
  • Constance Drever (b. 1948), British actress and singer


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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