Dryden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Dryden family

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] 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]

Important Dates for the Dryden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dryden research. Another 167 words (12 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Dryden family (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...
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Dryden migration to the United States

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, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1774 [3]
Dryden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Dryden, who landed in New York in 1836 [3]
  • George L Dryden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [3]
  • William Dryden, who settled in New York State in 1855

Dryden migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dryden Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • A L Dryden, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Dryden migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dryden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Dryden, (b. 1831), aged 46, Cornish engine driver travelling aboard the ship "Corona" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd July 1877 [4]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Dryden, (b. 1839), aged 38, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Corona" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd July 1877 [4]
  • Miss Elizabeth Dryden, (b. 1866), aged 11, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Corona" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd July 1877 [4]
  • Miss Ellen Dryden, (b. 1869), aged 8, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Corona" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd July 1877 [4]
  • Mr. James Dryden, (b. 1876), aged 1, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Corona" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd July 1877 [4]

Dryden 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:

Dryden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Dryden, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]
  • Mrs. Dryden, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow with 6 children aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]

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 Cameron Dryden (1893-1952), Canadian politician in Manitoba, Canada
  • 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
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Dryden family

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

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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.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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