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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?


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.


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.


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


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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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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