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When the ancestors of the Drury family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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.


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

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Drury has been recorded under many different variations, including Drury, Drewery, Drewry, Drurie, Drewrie and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drury research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1627, 1739, 1614 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Drury History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Drury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Drury 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.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Drurys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Drury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Drury settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Eliz Drury, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • John Drury, who landed in Massachusetts in 1654
  • Hugh Drury, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1659
  • Richard Drury, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1663

Drury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Drury, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843
  • Jerem iah Drury, who arrived in New York in 1846
  • John, Michael, Owen, and Patrick Drury all settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865

Drury Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thos Drury, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Drury, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Drury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Drury arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" in 1850
  • Henry Drury arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851
  • John Drury arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Woodstock" in 1851
  • John Drury, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • John Drury, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian"


  • Christopher Ellis "Chris" Drury (b. 1976), retired American professional NHL ice hockey player who played for the New York Rangers, a two-time Olympic silver medalist
  • Paul Drury (1903-1987), American painter, past President of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (1970-1975)
  • Allen Stuart Drury (1918-1998), American journalist and novelist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960
  • Andrew Mark "Andy" Drury (b. 1983), English footballer
  • Adam James Drury (b. 1978), English former professional footballer who played from 1995 to 2014
  • Alfred Briscoe Drury (1857-1944), English architectural sculptor, known for his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1900
  • Dru Drury (1725-1803), English naturalist
  • David Drury, British fencer in the team épée event at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • LeBaron Drury (1813-1882), British Consul and High Sheriff of Saint John, New Brunswick, father of Charles Crater Drury
  • Admiral Sir Charles Carter Drury GCB, GCVO, KCSI (1846-1914), Canadian Royal Navy Admiral, the Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel



  • The Early Drury Line of New England: Some Descendants to 1850 of Hugh Drury (c. 1617-1689) by Linda Lightholder Kmiecik.
  • My Mother's Brown (also Drury) Family by Cuma Drury Schofield.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cave ut comprehendas
Motto Translation: Be careful to include


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

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Drury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drury Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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