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Where did the English Drye family come from? What is the English Drye family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drye family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drye family history?

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drye research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1321, 1455, 1487, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Drye History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm Drye, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • George Drye, who came to Barbados in 1664

Drye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuell Drye, who landed in Virginia in 1702

Drye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Rosine Drye, who arrived in Baltimore in 1881

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  3. 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).
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  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Drye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drye 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:35.

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