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Drews is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Drews family lived in Wiltshire. The surname descends from Herman de Drewes, whose name translates literally as from Drewes.

Drews Early Origins



The surname Drews was first found in Wiltshire where Amalric de Drewes held lands as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
However, there is an earlier listing of Wado de Dreux living in 1050 but at an unknown location. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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.

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Drews Spelling Variations


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Drews Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Drew, Drewe, Drywe and others.

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Drews Early History


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Drews Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drews research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1316 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Drews History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Drews Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Drews Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drews Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Drews In Ireland


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Drews In Ireland



Some of the Drews 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Drews or a variant listed above:

Drews Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Margaretha Drews, who landed in New,York, NY in 1749
  • Margaret Drews, who landed in New York, NY in 1749
  • Peter Drews, who landed in New York, NY in 1749

Drews Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Joachim Drews, who arrived in America in 1839

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Contemporary Notables of the name Drews (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Drews (post 1700)



  • Karl August Drews (1920-1963), American professional baseball player
  • Frank John Drews (1916-1972), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Stefan Drews (b. 1979), German Olympic decathlete
  • Jürgen Drews (b. 1945), German singer
  • Wilhelm Arnold "Bill" Drews (1870-1938), German lawyer and administrator
  • Christian Heinrich Arthur Drews (1865-1935), German philosopher and writer

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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Drews Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drews Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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