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The name Drinkwater comes from a name for a literally comes from the words drink and water, but there are many interesting theories as to the reason for the nickname. The universal beverage in the Middle Ages was weak ale, perhaps the name was given to a teetotaler; or perhaps to a pauper unable to afford beer. Perhaps the name was given in irony to an innkeeper or a noted tippler. Some have even suggested that the name was given to diabetics who had voracious thirsts.

Drinkwater Early Origins



The surname Drinkwater was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Drinkwater Spelling Variations


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Drinkwater Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Drinkwater include Drinkwater, Drinkwatter and others.

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Drinkwater Early History


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Drinkwater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drinkwater research. Another 332 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drinkwater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Drinkwater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Drinkwater Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drinkwater 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Drinkwater or a variant listed above:

Drinkwater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Drinkwater settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Jon Drinkwater, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • John Drinkwater, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • John Drinkwater who settled in Barbados in 1658 and moved to Virginia in 1660
  • Fra Drinkwater, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Drinkwater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Drinkwater, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Drinkwater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Drinkwater, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • F Drinkwater, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Edwin, George, James, John, and William Drinkwater arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1870

Drinkwater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charlotte Drinkwater, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Charlotte Drinkwater, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849

Drinkwater Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Drinkwater arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • John Drinkwater, aged 30, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Drinkwater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Drinkwater (post 1700)



  • Terry Drinkwater (1936-1989), American three-time Emmy Award winning, a George Foster Peabody Award winning television and radio journalist
  • Sean T. Drinkwater (b. 1972), American musician
  • Herbert Drinkwater (1936-1997), American politician, mayor of Scottsdale, Arizona (1980-1996)
  • John Drinkwater (1882-1937), English poet and dramatist, born in Leytonstone, London
  • John Drinkwater (b. 1957), English musician and sound technologist for the BBC
  • Daniel Noel "Danny" Drinkwater (b. 1990), English football midfielder
  • Carol Drinkwater (b. 1948), English actress and author
  • Reuben Thomas "Ben" Drinkwater (1910-1949), English motor-cycle racer who competed in the Isle of Man TT Races and the Manx Grand Prix
  • John Drinkwater (1762-1844), English historian
  • William Drinkwater (1812-1909), First Deemster of the Isle of Man
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Labore omnia florent
Motto Translation: All things flourish with industry.


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Drinkwater Family Crest Products


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

    The Drinkwater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drinkwater 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 April 2016 at 06:16.

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