Drone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Drone is derived from the Middle English word "drane," or drone, which is the male honey bee.
Early Origins of the Drone family
The surname Drone was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1276 when Roger Drane held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Drone family
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Drone Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Drane, Drain, Drone, Dron, Dran, Drayne, Drayn and others.
Early Notables of the Drone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Drone family to Ireland
Some of the Drone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Drone migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Drone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Drone, who landed in Virginia in 1651 
- Richard Drone, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)