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The distinguished surname Dreyer is of German origin. The name is derived from the Old Germanic word "Dreier," literally meaning "a group of three," which generally referred to a local committee made up of three people which passed laws for the local townships; it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a member of such a group. Alternatively, the name may be derived from "Dreher," meaning "lathe-hand or turner"; in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a practitioner of this profession.

Dreyer Early Origins



The surname Dreyer was first found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during this early period. The first known bearer of the name was L. Dreghere, who lived in Hannover in 1348.

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Dreyer Spelling Variations


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Dreyer Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Dreyer, Dreier, Dreigher, Dreger, Dreher, Driggs, Dreiger and many more.

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Dreyer Early History


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Dreyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dreyer research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1688, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Dreyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dreyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dreyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dreyer Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dreyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anders Christiansson Dreyer, who landed in Delaware in 1641
  • Anders Christiansson Dreyer, who arrived in Delaware in 1641

Dreyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Friedrich Dreyer, who landed in America in 1780
  • Heinrich Dreyer, who landed in Long Island in 1781
  • Johann Dreyer, who landed in New York, NY in 1781
  • Conrad Dreyer, who arrived in America in 1783
  • Conrad Heinrich Dreyer, who landed in America in 1783

Dreyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christ Jac Dreyer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Mr. Dreyer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Joh Albert Dreyer, who arrived in America in 1813-1820
  • Konrad Dreyer, who arrived in America in 1832
  • J H Dreyer, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dreyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anne Dreyer, aged 29, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dreyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dreyer (post 1700)



  • Pam Dreyer (b. 1981), American ice hockey player
  • Jim Dreyer (b. 1963), American marathon swimmer
  • Dekker Dreyer (1889-1968), American director and producer
  • Olaf Dreyer, German theoretical physicist
  • Admiral Sir Frederic Charles Dreyer GBE, KCB (1878-1956), English officer of the Royal Navy, he developed a fire control system for British warships
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968), Danish filmmaker, best known for his films The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Vampyr (1932), Day of Wrath (1943), Ordet (1955), and Gertrud (1964)
  • John Dreyer (1852-1926), Danish astronomer, eponym of the Dreyer crater on the Moon

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Dreyer Historic Events


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Dreyer Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Peter Tuthill Dreyer, British Midshipman from Dewsbury, Bradford, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales May 1941 and died at the battle of Denmark Strait, before the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales

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Suggested Readings for the name Dreyer


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Suggested Readings for the name Dreyer



  • The Dreier (also Dreyer) Family, 1888 by Lois L. Bode.
  • Dryer-Lauck-Payne-Scott Genealogy: Going Home by Elizabeth Dryer Humphrey.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Dreyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dreyer 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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