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 Drost family
The surname Drost was first found in Westphalia
, where the Drost ancestral home is located. The earliest known bearer of the name was Gerhart Drossessere, who was a resident of Schweinheim, Westphalia
in 1335. The Drost family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Westphalian
Early History of the Drost family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drost 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 Drost History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Drost Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Droste, Drost, Droz, Drossate, Drossaerd, Drossärd, Drossart and many more.
Early Notables of the Drost family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Drost 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 Drost Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Drost family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Drost Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Clara Drost, aged 9, who settled in America, in 1892
- Franziska Drost, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
- Albert Drost, aged 0, who landed in America, in 1893
- Anna Drost, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
Drost Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Abram Drost, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Austria, in 1906
- Carl Drost, aged 23, who landed in America from Berlin, Germany, in 1907
- Alida J. Drost, aged 45, who emigrated to America from Haarlem, Holland, in 1908
- Andrej Drost, aged 25, who landed in America from Tarhoviste, Czechoslovakia, in 1921
- Emil Drost, aged 28, who landed in America from Bremerhaven, Germany, in 1923
Drost Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Francois Drouillard U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Drost (post 1700)
- Robert Drost (b. 1970), American computer scientist
- Johannes Drost (1880-1954), Dutch Olympian who won a bronze for aquatics at the 1900 games
- Jeroen Drost (b. 1987), Dutch footballer
- Frank Willem Drost (b. 1963), Dutch gold and two-time bronze medalist swimmer