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The name Drever reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Drever family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Drever family lived in Cheshire. This family was originally from De Rivers in Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives. There were numerous places bearing this name in Normandy, and consequently the name is also very common in England.

Drever Early Origins



The surname Drever was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Drever Spelling Variations


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Drever Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Driver, Dryver and others.

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Drever Early History


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Drever Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drever research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1332 are included under the topic Early Drever History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Drever Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Drever Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Drever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Drever name or one of its variants:

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.)

Drever Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Drever, aged 30, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Drever (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Drever Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drever Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 August 2014 at 10:54.

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