Drewes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Drewes first came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is thought to be derived from "Dreux," the name of a place in Eure-et-Loire, France. Alternatively, it may come from the Old French "rieux," meaning "streams."

Early Origins of the Drewes family

The surname Drewes was first found in Wiltshire, where the Drewes family held a family seat in the years following the Norman Conquest. The first known bearer of the name was Herman de Dreuues, who was listed in the Domesday Book as a land-holder in the county of Wiltshire, having been granted estates for his service at the Battle of Hastings.

Early History of the Drewes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drewes research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1242, and 1273 are included under the topic Early Drewes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Drewes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Druce, Drewes, Droys and others.

Early Notables of the Drewes family (pre 1700)

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United States Drewes migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drewes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Theod Drewes, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Gustav Drewes, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • A Drewes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Theodor Drewes, aged 36, who arrived in New York, NY in 1860 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Drewes (post 1700) +

  • Wilhelm Drewes (1907-1982), German Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Martin Drewes (1918-2013), German night fighter ace in the German Luftwaffe during World War II credited with 52 victories
  • Paul Drewes (1982-2008), Dutch rower at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Ted Drewes Sr., American businessman who with his son have owned and operated Ted Drewes Frozen Custard for over 70 years
  • Martin Drewes, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 52 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


  1. ^ 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)


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