Druray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Druray is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Druray family lived in Suffolk. This family was originally from Rouvray, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this place-name, De Rouvray, which literally translates as from Rouvray, that their surname derives.

Early Origins of the Druray family

The surname Druray was first found in Suffolk where John de Drury, son and heir of a Norman adventurer settled at Thurston. [1]

Important Dates for the Druray family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Druray research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1627, 1739, 1614 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Druray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Druray Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Drury, Drewery, Drewry, Drurie, Drewrie and others.

Early Notables of the Druray family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Druray family to Ireland

Some of the Druray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Druray family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Druray or a variant listed above: Robert Drewrie settled in Virginia in 1635; Abigail Drewery settled in Virginia in 1639; Robert Drewry settled in Virginia in 1638; Elizabeth Drury settled in Virginia in 1653.

Citations

  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
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