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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.

Driver Early Origins



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.

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Driver Spelling Variations


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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.

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Driver Early History


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Driver Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Driver research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1332 are included under the topic Early Driver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Driver Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Driver Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Driver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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
  • Rob't Driver, aged 8, landed in New England in 1635
  • Robert Driver, aged 8, arrived in America in 1635
  • James Driver, aged 27, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • 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
  • Edward Driver settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Thomas Driver settled in Georgia in 1774

Driver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Driver, who landed in New York, NY in 1844
  • Eduard Driver, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Mr. Driver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • William Driver, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854

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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848
  • Frederick Driver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1851
  • Thomas Driver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1851
  • Peter Driver, English Convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]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, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis"
  • ... (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 arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • William Driver, aged 31, a chairmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Harriet Driver, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Driver (post 1700)


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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
  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Driver


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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


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Driver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Driver 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 19 December 2015 at 09:34.

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