Driedan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The chronicles of the Driedan family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Driedan family lived in the lands of Dryden, near Roslin in Forfar where the name is pronounced Drayden.
Early Origins of the Driedan family
The surname Driedan was first found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus. The first record of the name was "Philip de Dryden who was listed on a writ issued to the sheriff of Forfar in 1296. In 1329 payment was made to Henricus de Driden for behalf of the soul of King Robert and in compensation for loss of multure. Thomas de Driden is mentioned in 1455 as "supprior claustralis monasterii de Abirbrothoc', and in 1481 Laurence Dridane held a tenement in Stirling. The name is local. There is Dryden near Roslin, locally pronounced Drayden." 
Some of the family ventures down into England in early times. "Blakesley Hall [in Blakesley, Northamptonshire] was anciently a religious house, occupied by a fraternity of the order of St. John of Jerusalem; and among a number of productive farms, is one of 200 acres, once the property of the Dryden family." 
Early History of the Driedan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Driedan research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1329, 1306, 1455, 1481, 1521, 1631, 1700 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Driedan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Driedan Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Driedan has been written Dryden, Driden, Dridane, Driedan, Drydan, Drydon, Drydun, Dridan, Driden, Dridun and many more.
Early Notables of the Driedan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was John Dryden (1631-1700), an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright from Thrapston, Northamptonshire, who was made Poet Laureate in 1668; Walter Scott called him "Glorious John." He made many radical shifts in his religion and politics, he...
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Migration of the Driedan family
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Driedan: Adam Dryden, who began his life in the south in Georgia in the mid 1700's; Mary Driden landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806; William Dryden settled in New York State in 1855. Later members of the family landed in the northeast states..
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- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.