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The name Drive is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who drove a herd of livestock such as cattle or sheep from one place to another; such a person was called a drover. The surname Drive is derived from the Old English word draf, which means drove or herd.

Drive Early Origins



The surname Drive was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

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Drive Early History


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Drive Early History



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Drive Spelling Variations


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Drive Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Drive include Drover, Drovere, Droves, Drove and others.

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Drive Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Drive Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Drive were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Drove settled in Virginia in 1651. In Newfoundland, William Drover settled in Upper Island Cove in 1763; Thomas Drover settled in Harbour Grace in 1822.

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