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Early Origins of the Drywet family

The surname Drywet was first found in Oxfordshire where Walter Druet was listed as a Knights Templar in 1185. A few years later, William Drauet was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1198 and later again, Walter Drywet was found in Sussex in 1309. The English name is derived from the Old French word Dru which literally means "little sweetheart." [1]

Another source claims the name was "derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Drew,' of which personal name the diminutive was Drewett, or Druett." [2]

The Latin form of the name was found in early records as a forename and a surname. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists Druettus Malerbe, Northamptonshire. "This landowner is elsewhere entered as Drogo Malerbe, which settles any doubts, if such existed, as to the relationship between Druett and Dru." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls also included an entry for Druett de Pratello in Oxfordshire. In Somerset, the first record there was that of Hugh Druet, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [3]

Another source notes that the Hundredorum Rolls also included and entry for Ralph Drueth. [4]

Early History of the Drywet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drywet research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1198, 1309, 1583, 1788, 1792, 1570, 1570, 1792, 1807, 1810, 1807, 1811, 1816, 1830, 1836 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Drywet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Drywet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Drewett, Dreweatt, Drywet, Drewitt, Drouet, Druitt, Drooit, Droit and many more.

Early Notables of the Drywet family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Drout (fl. 1570), English poet and as we learn from the title-page of his only known work, an attorney of Thavies Inn. He is author of a black-letter tract of thirty leaves, entitled ‘The pityfull Historie of two louing Italians, Gaulfrido and Barnardo le vayne, which ariued in the countrey of Grece, in the time of the noble Emperoure Vaspasian. And translated out of Italian into Englishe meeter,’ &c., 12mo, London, 1570. In dedicating ‘this, the first frutes of my trauell,’ to Sir Francis Jobson, knt., lieutenant of the Tower, Drout mentions his parents...
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Migration of the Drywet family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. 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) on Facebook