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.
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