The roots of the distinguished German surname lie in the province of Westphalia
. The name is derived from the Old German word "drotsete," which is itself derived from the elements "truht," meaning "body of servants," and "sizzen," meaning "to preside." Thus, the surname would denote a head servant or steward, in charge of a nobleman's household servants.
Early Origins of the Drossaerd family
The surname Drossaerd was first found in Westphalia
, where the Drossaerd ancestral home is located. The earliest known bearer of the name was Gerhart Drossessere, who was a resident of Schweinheim, Westphalia
in 1335. The Drossaerd family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Westphalian
Early History of the Drossaerd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drossaerd research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1335, 1420, 1420, 1892, 1826, 1633, 1659, 1781, 1828, 1796, 1868, 1797 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Drossaerd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Drossaerd Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Droste, Drost, Droz, Drossate, Drossaerd, Drossärd, Drossart and many more.
Early Notables of the Drossaerd family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Drossaerd were Willem Drost (1633-1659), a Dutch Golden Age painter, and printmaker of history paintings and portraits; Maximilian Franz Xaver Freiherr von Droste zu Senden (1781-1828)... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drossaerd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Drossaerd family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Friedrich Drost, a Hessian mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War; Charles Droz, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1810.