Drodge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Drodge is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a a fierce, powerful person. The surname Drodge is derived from the Old English word draca or from the Old Danish word draki, which both mean dragon. Although these words became the Old English word drake, which also means male duck, and the surname Drodge may have also been applied to someone who had a duck-like gait.
Early Origins of the Drodge family
The surname Drodge was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from ancient times. The surname comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "draca" which means a dragon or sea serpent. Soon after the Norman invasion in 1066 the name made its appearance in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire area in the south of England.
Leuing Drache, who spelled his name with an early Norman variant, held land in Hampshire at this time.
The parish of Musbury, Devon played an important part in the family's early lineage. "This place was the residence of the Drake family, from the time of Henry VII., for several generations. The church is a very ancient structure, with a south aisle added towards the close of the fifteenth century, by the Drake family, to whom it contains some monuments. Ash House, now occupied as a farmhouse, derives interest from having been the birthplace, in 1650, of the renowned Duke of Marlborough, whose mother was then on a visit to her father, Sir John Drake." 
And over in Yarcombe, again in Devon, another branch of the family was found. "It comprises about 5000 acres, and is the property of Sir H. F. T. S. Drake, to whose ancestor, Sir Francis, one moiety of the manor was granted by Queen Elizabeth." 
The famed Sir Francis Drake held estates in the parish of Meavy in Devon and remains of his ancient mansion can still be seen today. 
Important Dates for the Drodge family
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Drodge Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Drodge have been found, including Drake, Drakes, Draike, Drayke, Draykes, Draikes and others.
Early Notables of the Drodge family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral (1540-1596), an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, a renowned pirate, and politician, according to Forbes, he was the second highest earning pirate who had a wealth of over 115 million in today's dollars; Sir Francis Drake, 1st Baronet (1588-1637), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in two parliaments between...
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Migration of the Drodge family to Ireland
Some of the Drodge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Drodge family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Drodge surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Thomas Drake who landed in Massachusetts in 1620. The family settled in most of the New England states by the late 17th century. Mr Drake settled at Hingham Mass in 1635.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.