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Where did the English Drew family come from? What is the English Drew family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drew family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drew family history?

The name Drew came to England with the ancestors of the Drew family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Drew family lived in Wiltshire. The surname descends from Herman de Drewes, whose name translates literally as from Drewes.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Drew, Drewe, Drywe and others.

First found in Wiltshire where Amalric de Drewes held lands as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] However, there is an earlier listing of Wado de Dreux living in 1050 but at an unknown location. [2] 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drew research. Another 325 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1316 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Drew History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Drew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Drew or a variant listed above:

Drew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Drew, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Drew, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Hen Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1636


Drew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • John Drew, who arrived in Boston in 1716
  • Catherine Drew, who arrived in New England in 1723
  • Francis Drew, who arrived in New England in 1727
  • Martha Drew, who arrived in New England in 1728


Drew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Drew, who landed in New York in 1810
  • A Drew, aged 21, landed in New York in 1812
  • Solomon Drew, who arrived in Washington, DC in 1825
  • N H Drew, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • E Drew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Drew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Seth Drew, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • Mr. Peter Drost U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Drew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Drew, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
  • Mary Drew, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
  • John Drew, aged 6 months, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
  • Judy Drew, aged 9, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834

Drew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Drew, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Joseph Drew arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Mary Lane Drew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • Edward Drew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840
  • George Drew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847


Drew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Drew, aged 25, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Jane Drew, aged 27, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • John Henry Drew, aged 35, a plasterer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Maria Drew, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Alice Drew, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875


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  • Master Marshall Brines Drew, aged 8, American Second Class passenger from Greenport, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10
  • Mrs. Lulu Thorne Drew, (née Christian), aged 34, American Second Class passenger from Greenport, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10
  • Mr. James Vivian Drew (d. 1912), aged 42, American Second Class passenger from Greenport, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Gerald Augustin Drew (1903-1970), American Foreign Service Officer, United States Envoy to Jordan (1950-1952), United States Ambassador to Bolivia (1954-1957)
  • Georgiana Emma Drew (1856-1893), also known as Georgie Drew Barrymore, an American stage actress
  • Brigadier General Frank Morehead Drew (b. 1930), American former vice commander, U.S. Air Force Tactical Fighter Weapons Center
  • Cameron Drew (b. 1964), American Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros in 1988
  • Homer Drew (b. 1944), former American college basketball coach
  • Bryce Homer Drew (b. 1974), American head coach of the Valparaiso University Crusaders men's basketball team, son of Homer Drew
  • Dennis Drew (b. 1957), American musician, keyboardist for the band 10,000 Maniacs

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  • Just Look At All My Families by Lydia Drew Elisaesser.
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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Drew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drew 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 8 March 2015 at 12:41.

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