Show ContentsDrewe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Drewe family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Wiltshire. The surname descends from Herman de Drewes, whose name translates literally as from Drewes.

Early Origins of the Drewe family

The surname Drewe 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 Drewe family

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Drewe Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Drew, Drewe, Drywe and others.

Early Notables of the Drewe 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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Ireland Migration of the Drewe family to Ireland

Some of the Drewe 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 and printed products wherever possible.

United States Drewe migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Drewe or a variant listed above were:

Drewe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Drewe, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1618 aboard the ship "Sampson" [3]
  • John Drewe, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [3]
  • Richard Drewe, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [3]
  • Ann Drewe, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [3]

Canada Drewe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drewe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel William Drewe, (b. 1835), aged 20, English settler, from Exeter, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [4]

Australia Drewe migration to Australia +

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

Drewe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Drewe, aged 30, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [5]
  • Jane Drewe, aged 30, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [5]
  • Janet Drewe, aged 3, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [5]
  • Barbara Drewe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Drewe (post 1700) +

  • Robert Duncan Drewe (b. 1943), Australian journalist, novelist and short story writer
  • Cedric Drewe (1896-1971), British politician, member of the UK Parliament

  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)
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved on Facebook