Dryer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dryer family

The surname Dryer was first found in Annandale, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland as Dreer on the border but frequently changed to Dryer.

Early History of the Dryer family

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Dryer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dryer, Dreer, Drier, Drear and others.

Early Notables of the Dryer family (pre 1700)

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Dryer Ranking

In the United States, the name Dryer is the 8,399th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Dryer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dryer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jahan Jurick Dryer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [2]
  • Hendrick Dryer, who settled in Charles Town, SC sometime between 1767 and 1768
Dryer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Geo. Dryer, who settled in South Carolina in 1844
  • Mrs. M B Dryer, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Henry Dryer, who landed in Arkansas in 1888 [2]
  • Eugene Dryer, who settled in Kansas in 1890
Dryer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Boleslaw Dryer, who settled in Illinois in 1937

Australia Dryer migration to Australia +

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

Dryer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Dryer, aged 21, a laundress, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Contemporary Notables of the name Dryer (post 1700) +

  • Fred Dryer (b. 1946), American actor, director and former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL)
  • Moira Dryer (1957-1992), American artist known for her abstract paintings on wood panel
  • Ivan Dryer (b. 1939), American laser pioneer, considered to be the father of the commercial laser light show industry
  • Sally Dryer (b. 1957), American former child actress best known for her voice-over work as Violet and Lucy in various Peanuts films
  • Matthew S. Dryer, American professor of linguistics at the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • lva Dryer (b. 1971), American long-distance runner
  • Thomas Jefferson Dryer (1808-1879), American newspaper publisher and politician, Member of the Oregon Territorial Legislature in 1856, founder of The Oregonian

The Dryer Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nunquam non paratus
Motto Translation: Never unprepared.

  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)

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