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Drew Surname Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from a Norman French personal name Dreus based on ancient Germanic Drogo the name of one of the sons of Charlemagne (compare Gothic driugan ‘to serve as a soldier’). In Old French this name became Dreus Drues (nominative) and Dru Driu Dreu (accusative) and was introduced to England by the Normans. For further information about this name see also Montague . English: from the personal name Drew a pet form of Andrew which was confused with the same name of Old French origin (see 1 above). Irish: when not an adoption of the English surname a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Druaidh or Ó Druaidh or Ó Draoi ‘son’ and ‘descendant of the druid’ from draoi ‘druid’ genitive druadh or draoi. All of these were often Anglicized as Drury . Americanized form of French Dru: nickname from Old French dru ‘favorite lover’ (originally an adjective apparently from a Gaulish word meaning ‘strong vigorous lively’ but influenced by the sense of the Old High German element trūt drūt ‘dear beloved’). The surname of the same (Old) French origin is also found in Britain.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Drews, Brew, Rew, Dew, Grew, Dyer, Wren, Uren, Dress, New

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Where is the Drew family from?

You can see how Drew families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Drew family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Drew families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,405 Drew families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Drew's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Drew families in 1891.
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What did your Drew ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Drew. 8% of Drew men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Drew women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Drew were Carpenter and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 45,000 military records available for the last name Drew. For the veterans among your Drew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Drew lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Drew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Drew in 1941 was 38, and 75 in 2004.

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