Drew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Drew family

The surname Drew was 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.

Early History of the Drew family

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Drew Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Drew family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Drew (1542?-1598), recorder of London, eldest son of Thomas Drew (b. 1519), by his wife Eleanora, daughter of William Huckmore of the county of Devon, appears to have been born at the family seat of Sharpham, in the parish of Ashprington, near Totnes, and spent some time at the university. "An entry in the...
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Drew World Ranking

In the United States, the name Drew is the 1,301st most popular surname with an estimated 22,383 people with that name. [3] However, in Australia, the name Drew is ranked the 458th most popular surname with an estimated 8,278 people with that name. [4] And in the United Kingdom, the name Drew is the 624th popular surname with an estimated 10,559 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Drew family to Ireland

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United States Drew migration to the United States +

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 [6]
  • Hen Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Henry Drew, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Drew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Drew, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [6]
  • John Drew, who arrived in Boston in 1716
  • Catherine Drew, who arrived in New England in 1723 [6]
  • Francis Drew, who arrived in New England in 1727 [6]
  • Martha Drew, who arrived in New England in 1728 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Drew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Drew, who landed in New York in 1810 [6]
  • A Drew, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Solomon Drew, who arrived in Washington, DC in 1825 [6]
  • N H Drew, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [6]
  • E Drew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Drew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Norman Drew, (b. 1880), aged 22, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis, Island New York on 25th May 1902 en route to Marquette, Michigan, USA [7]
  • Mr. John Drew, (b. 1877), aged 26, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Cedric" arriving at Ellis, Island New York on 21st March 1903 en route to Hancock, Michigan, USA [7]
  • Mr. Richard Drew, (b. 1875), aged 28, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis, Island New York on 20th June 1903 en route to Globe, Arizona, USA [7]
  • Mr. Charles Drew, (b. 1882), aged 22, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Baltic" arriving at Ellis, Island New York on 8th July 1904 en route to Butte, Montana, USA [7]

Canada Drew migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [8]
Drew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Drew, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Mary Drew, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • John Drew, aged 6 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Judy Drew, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mr. John Drew, aged 60 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec departing from the port of Londonderry, Londonderry but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Drew migration to Australia +

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

Drew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Drew, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Samuel Drew, (b. 1798), aged 18, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 25th March 1816, sentenced for life for stealing money from a dwelling-house, transported aboard the ship "Fame" on 9th October 1816 to Sydney, Australia [11]
  • Mr. Peter Drew, (b. 1803), aged 13, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 25th March 1816, sentenced for life for stealing money from a dwelling-house, transported aboard the ship "Fame" on 9th October 1816 to Sydney, Australia [11]
  • William Drew, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Mr. John Drew, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [13]
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New Zealand Drew 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:

Drew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Drew, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Eagle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 26th June 1842 [14]
  • John Drew, aged 25, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Jane Drew, aged 27, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Mrs. Jane Drew, (b. 1836), aged 27, Cornish settler departing on 18th June 1863 aboard the ship "Accrington" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 5th September 1863 [15]
  • Mr. John Drew, (b. 1838), aged 25, Cornish farm labourer departing on 18th June 1863 aboard the ship "Accrington" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 5th September 1863 [15]
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West Indies Drew migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [16]
Drew Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Drew, (b. 1599), aged 35, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [6]
  • Abraham Drew, who settled in Barbados in 1664
  • Mary Drew, who arrived in Barbados in 1664
  • Joane Drew, who settled in Barbados in 1670
  • Dennis Drew, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Drew (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950), American physician and medical researcher
  • DJ Babey Drew (b. 1980), stage name of Andrew Bisnaught, American DJ, record producer, actor, radio and television personality
  • 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
  • Timothy Andrew "Tim" Drew (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball player who played from 2000 to 2004
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • George William Edwin Drew (d. 1942), British Chief Petty Officer Cook aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
  • Edwin Arthur Drew, British Sub Lieutenant Engineer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he was wounded during the sinking [17]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas R. Drew, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [19]
RMS Titanic
  • 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 [20]
  • 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 [20]
  • 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 [20]


Suggested Readings for the name Drew +

  • Just Look At All My Families by Lydia Drew Elisaesser.

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  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)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  5. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
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  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  16. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  17. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  18. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  19. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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