The name Drover is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who drove a herd of livestock such as cattle or sheep from one place to another; such a person was called a drover. The surname Drover is derived from the Old English word draf, which means drove or herd.
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Drover include Drover, Drovere, Droves, Drove and others.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Drover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
William Drover, who settled in Upper Island Cove in 1763
James Drover, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Mr. William Drover, (b. 1796), aged 35, Scottish blacksmith who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for life for murder, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia