Drower is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to 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 Drower is derived from the Old English word draf,
which means drove
Early Origins of the Drower family
The surname Drower was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Drower family
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Drower Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Drower has appeared include Drover, Drovere, Droves, Drove and others.
Early Notables of the Drower family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Drower family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Drower arrived in North America very early: 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.