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The surname Drone is derived from the Middle English word "drane," or drone, which is the male honey bee.
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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Drane, Drain, Drone, Dron, Dran, Drayne, Drayn and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drone research. Another 262 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Drone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Drone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Drone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Drone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
The Drone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drone 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.
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