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The ancient name of Droves finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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 Droves is derived from the Old English word draf, which means drove or herd.

Early Origins of the Droves family


The surname Droves was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Droves family

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Early History of the Droves family


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Droves Spelling Variations

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Droves Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Droves family name include Drover, Drovere, Droves, Drove and others.

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Early Notables of the Droves family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Droves family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Droves family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Droves family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Droves surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Thomas Drove settled in Virginia in 1651. In Newfoundland, William Drover settled in Upper Island Cove in 1763; Thomas Drover settled in Harbour Grace in 1822.

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