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Early Origins of the Drewitt family

The surname Drewitt was first found in Oxfordshire where Walter Druet was listed as a Knights Templar in 1185. A few years later, William Drauet was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1198 and later again, Walter Drywet was found in Sussex in 1309. The English name is derived from the Old French word Dru which literally means "little sweetheart." [1]

Another source claims the name was "derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Drew,' of which personal name the diminutive was Drewett, or Druett." [2]

The Latin form of the name was found in early records as a forename and a surname. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists Druettus Malerbe, Northamptonshire. "This landowner is elsewhere entered as Drogo Malerbe, which settles any doubts, if such existed, as to the relationship between Druett and Dru." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls also included an entry for Druett de Pratello in Oxfordshire. In Somerset, the first record there was that of Hugh Druet, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [3]

Another source notes that the Hundredorum Rolls also included and entry for Ralph Drueth. [4]

Early History of the Drewitt family

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Drewitt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Drewett, Dreweatt, Drywet, Drewitt, Drouet, Druitt, Drooit, Droit and many more.

Early Notables of the Drewitt family

Distinguished members of the family include John Drout (fl. 1570), English poet and as we learn from the title-page of his only known work, an attorney of Thavies Inn. He is author of a black-letter tract of thirty leaves, entitled ‘The pityfull Historie of two louing Italians, Gaulfrido and Barnardo le vayne, which ariued in the countrey of Grece, in the time of the noble Emperoure Vaspasian. And translated out of Italian into Englishe meeter,’ &c., 12mo, London, 1570. In dedicating ‘this, the first frutes of my trauell,’ to Sir Francis Jobson, knt., lieutenant of the Tower, Drout mentions his parents...
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United States Drewitt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drewitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Walter Drewitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]

Australia Drewitt migration to Australia +

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

Drewitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Drewitt, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 22nd September 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Miss. Hannah Drewitt, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Joseph Drewitt, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [8]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th February 2022). Retrieved from
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  8. South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved on Facebook