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Driver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Driver came to England with the ancestors of the Driver family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Driver family lived in Cheshire. This family was originally from De Rivers in Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives. There were numerous places bearing this name in Normandy, and consequently the name is also very common in England.


Early Origins of the Driver family


The surname Driver 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.

Early History of the Driver family


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Driver Spelling Variations


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Driver, Dryver and others.

Early Notables of the Driver family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Driver family to the New World and Oceana


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Driver or a variant listed above:

Driver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Driver, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Rob't Driver, aged 8, who landed in New England in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert Driver, aged 8, who arrived in America in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Driver, aged 27, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Driver who settled in Barbados in 1635 with his wife Jane, along with sons Robert and Thomas
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Driver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Driver, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Edward Driver, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Thomas Driver, who settled in Georgia in 1774

Driver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Driver, who landed in New York, NY in 1844 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Eduard Driver, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mr. Driver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Driver, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Driver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Driver, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Driver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Driver, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM - EMIGRANT SHIP - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DavidMalcolm.htm
  • Frederick Driver, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851SamuelBoddington.gif
  • Thomas Driver, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851SamuelBoddington.gif
  • Peter Driver, English Convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  • John Driver, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THETIS 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Thetis.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Driver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Driver, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • William Driver, aged 31, a chairmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Harriet Driver, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Driver (post 1700)


  • William Driver (1803-1886), American ship's captain, best known for coining the phrase "Old Glory" for the U.S. flag
  • Phyllis Driver (b. 1917), original name of Phyllis Diller, American actress and comedienne
  • Amelia F Iona J. "Minnie" Driver (b. 1970), English Academy Award, Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nominated actress and singer-songwriter [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Amelia Driver. (Retrieved 2012, September 3) Amelia Driver. Retrieved from http://www.minniedriver.com/
  • Ryan Driver (b. 1979), English cricketer
  • Samuel Rolles Driver (1846-1914), English Old Testament scholar
  • Sir Godfrey Rolles Driver (1892-1975), English biblical scholar
  • Richard Driver (1829-1880), Australian solicitor, politician and cricket administrator
  • Charles Henry Driver (1832-1900), British architect
  • Marcus Driver O'Day (1897-1961), American physicist, eponym of the O'Day lunar crater

Historic Events for the Driver family



USS Arizona

  • Mr. Bill Lester Driver, American Radioman Third Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking

Suggested Readings for the name Driver


  • Descendants of Ludwig Treiber (Lewis Driver) and Barbara Sprenkic in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, The United States of America by Carolyn Click Driver.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM - EMIGRANT SHIP - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DavidMalcolm.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851SamuelBoddington.gif
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THETIS 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Thetis.htm
  6. ^ Amelia Driver. (Retrieved 2012, September 3) Amelia Driver. Retrieved from http://www.minniedriver.com/


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