Drouet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Drouet family

The surname Drouet was first found in Oxfordshire where Walter Druet was listed as a Knights Templar in 1185. A few years later, William Drauet was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1198 and later again, Walter Drywet was found in Sussex in 1309. The English name is derived from the Old French word Dru which literally means "little sweetheart." [1]

Another source claims the name was "derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Drew,' of which personal name the diminutive was Drewett, or Druett." [2]

The Latin form of the name was found in early records as a forename and a surname. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists Druettus Malerbe, Northamptonshire. "This landowner is elsewhere entered as Drogo Malerbe, which settles any doubts, if such existed, as to the relationship between Druett and Dru." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls also included an entry for Druett de Pratello in Oxfordshire. In Somerset, the first record there was that of Hugh Druet, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [3]

Another source notes that the Hundredorum Rolls also included and entry for Ralph Drueth. [4]

Early History of the Drouet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drouet research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1198, 1309, 1583, 1788, 1792, 1570, 1570, 1792, 1807, 1810, 1807, 1811, 1816, 1830, 1836 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Drouet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Drouet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Drewett, Dreweatt, Drywet, Drewitt, Drouet, Druitt, Drooit, Droit and many more.

Early Notables of the Drouet family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Drout (fl. 1570), English poet and as we learn from the title-page of his only known work, an attorney of Thavies Inn. He is author of a black-letter tract of thirty leaves, entitled ‘The pityfull Historie of two louing Italians, Gaulfrido and Barnardo le vayne, which ariued in the countrey of Grece, in the time of the noble Emperoure Vaspasian. And translated out of Italian into Englishe meeter,’ &c., 12mo, London, 1570. In dedicating ‘this, the first frutes of my trauell,’ to Sir Francis Jobson, knt., lieutenant of the Tower, Drout mentions his parents...
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Drouet Ranking

In France, the name Drouet is the 499th most popular surname with an estimated 8,956 people with that name. [5]


Canada Drouet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drouet Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • François Drouet, son of Charles and Madeleine, who married Périnne Godin, daughter of Jean and Guillemine, in Quebec on 12th October 1638 [6]
  • Mr. Jacques Drouet, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 5th May 1647 [7]
  • Francois Drouet, aged 24, who arrived in Quebec in 1659
  • Pierre Drouet, aged 24, who arrived in Quebec in 1659
  • Mr. François Drouet, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jean Bourdon, arriving on 17th June 1661 [7]
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Drouet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Antoine Drouet, son of Claude and Marie-Jeanne, who married Marie Lamy, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in La Visitation-de-l'île-Dupas, Quebec on 19th May 1728 [6]
  • François Drouet, son of François and Périne, who married Marie-Charlotte Bouvier, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Lorette, Quebec on 24th April 1730 [6]
  • François Drouet, son of Vincent and Anne, who married Marie Guay, daughter of Mathieu and Marguerite, in Quebec on 31st January 1731 [6]
  • Claude Drouet, son of Claude and Marie-Jeanne, who married Marguerite De Couagne, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 8th May 1747 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Drouet (post 1700) +

  • Jean-Baptiste Drouet d'Erlon, French Marshall of France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]
  • François-Richer Drouet, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • Jean Baptiste Drouet (1765-1844), French soldier


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  6. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  7. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 24) Jean-Baptiste Drouet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  9. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 24) Fran├žois-Richer Drouet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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