Dry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dry family

The surname Dry was first found in Norfolk 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 1219 when Roger Drie held estates in that county.

Early History of the Dry family

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Dry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dry, Drey, Drye, Dray, Dreigh, Drie, Dreye and others.

Early Notables of the Dry family (pre 1700)

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Dry Ranking

In the United States, the name Dry is the 14,923rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Dry migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Dry, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • John Dry, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • John Dry, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • Catharine Dry, who settled in Maryland in 1669
Dry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Jacob Dry, who settled in America in 1732
  • Hans Georg Dry, who settled in America in 1732
Dry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Dry, who settled in New Orleans in 1862

New Zealand Dry migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dry, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Northfleet" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, Via Wellington and Lyttleton in February 1854 [3]
  • Mrs. Dry, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Northfleet" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, Via Wellington and Lyttleton in February 1854 [3]

West Indies Dry migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Dry Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Augustin Dry, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Dry (post 1700) +

  • Richard Dry, English Mayor of Oxford England, the son of William Dry, a tailor of St Peter-in-the-East, and Mary Higgins


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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