Drown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Drown is derived from the Middle English word "drane," or drone, which is the male honey bee.

Early Origins of the Drown family

The surname Drown was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1276 when Roger Drane held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Drown family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drown research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Drown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Drown Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Drane, Drain, Drone, Dron, Dran, Drayne, Drayn and others.

Early Notables of the Drown family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Drown family to Ireland

Some of the Drown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Drown migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drown Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Drown, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1742
  • Thomas Drown, whose name was on a muster roll of army recruits in Maryland in 1776
Drown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S. M. Drown, who was a passenger arriving at San Francisco in 1851
  • S M Drown, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Drown migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drown Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Richard Drown, who was recorded in the Ontario Census of 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Drown (post 1700)

  • Thomas Messinger Drown (1842-1904), American scientist and educator, who was president of Lehigh University

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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