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Dreyer Family History

Dreyer Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname derived from German drei ‘three’, Middle High German dri(e), with the addition of the suffix -er. This was the name of a medieval coin worth three hellers (see Heller), and it is possible that the German surname may have been derived from this word. More probably, the nickname is derived from some other connection with the number three, too anecdotal to be even guessed at now.North German and Scandinavian: occupational name for a turner of wood or bone, from an agent derivative of Middle Low German dreien, dregen ‘to turn’. See also Dressler.Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Yiddish dreyer ‘turner’, or a nickname from a homonym meaning ‘swindler, cheat’.English: variant spelling of Dryer.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Dreyer Families

  • Number of Dreyer families
     72 - 142
     25 - 71
     1 - 24
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Dreyer families
     12 - 21
     5 - 11
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Dreyer families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Dreyer Family Origin

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Dreyer Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Dreyer

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Dreyer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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