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The story of the Dryden family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Dryden family lived in the lands of Dryden, near Roslin in Forfar where the name is pronounced Drayden.

Dryden Early Origins



The surname Dryden was first found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus. The first record of the name was "Philip de Dryden who was listed on a writ issued to the sheriff of Forfar in 1296. In 1329 payment was made to Henricus de Driden for behalf of the soul of King Robert and in compensation for loss of multure. Thomas de Driden is mentioned in 1455 as "supprior claustralis monasterii de Abirbrothoc', and in 1481 Laurence Dridane held a tenement in Stirling. The name is local. There is Dryden near Roslin, locally pronounced Drayden." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Some of the family ventures down into England in early times. "Blakesley Hall [in Blakesley, Northamptonshire] was anciently a religious house, occupied by a fraternity of the order of St. John of Jerusalem; and among a number of productive farms, is one of 200 acres, once the property of the Dryden family." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Dryden Spelling Variations


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Dryden Spelling Variations



Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Dryden has appeared Dryden, Driden, Dridane, Driedan, Drydan, Drydon, Drydun, Dridan, Driden, Dridun and many more.

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Dryden Early History


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Dryden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dryden research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1329, 1306, 1455, 1481, 1521, 1631, 1700 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Dryden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dryden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dryden Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was John Dryden (1631-1700), an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright from Thrapston, Northamptonshire, who was made Poet Laureate in 1668; Walter Scott called him "Glorious John." He made many radical shifts in his religion and politics, he...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dryden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Dryden name:

Dryden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Dryden, who began his life in the south in Georgia in the mid 1700's
  • Adam Dryden, aged 28, landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1774

Dryden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Dryden, who landed in New York in 1836
  • George L Dryden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • William Dryden settled in New York State in 1855

Dryden Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • A L Dryden, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dryden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dryden (post 1700)



  • Robert Danny "Dan" Dryden (1944-2016), American politician, Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives (2011-2016)
  • Mack Leon Dryden (b. 1949), American comedian, motivational speaker, actor, illustrator, and writer
  • Helen Dryden (1887-1981), American artist and successful industrial designer
  • Charles Dryden (1860-1931), American baseball writer and humorist
  • Hugh Latimer Dryden (1898-1965), American aeronautical scientist and civil servant
  • Liam Dryden (b. 1989), Scottish student, actor, videographer and musician
  • John Dryden (1631-1700), influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright
  • James Herbert Dryden, former New Zealand wrestler
  • John Dryden (1840-1909), farmer and politician in Ontario, Canada
  • John Cameron Dryden (1893-1952), politician in Manitoba, Canada
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Dryden Historic Events


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Dryden Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Andrew  Dryden (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Percy  Dryden (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Georgina Beatrice  Dryden (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Alice  Dryden (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Dorothy  Dryden (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  11. ...

The Dryden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dryden 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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