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Drew Name Meaning

English: from a short form of Andrew. English (Norman): from the Germanic personal name Drogo, which is of uncertain origin; it is possibly akin to Old Saxon (gi)drog ‘ghost’, ‘phantom’, or with a stem meaning ‘to bear’, ‘to carry’ (Old High German tragan). Whatever its origin, the name was borne by one of the sons of Charlemagne, and was subsequently popular throughout France in the forms Dreus, Drues (oblique case Dreu, Dr(i)u), whence it was introduced to England by the Normans. Drogo de Monte Acuto (as his name appears in its Latinized form) was a companion of William the Conqueror and founder of the Montagu family, among whom the personal name Drogo was revived in the 19th century. English (of Norman origin): nickname from Middle English dreue, dru, 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 trut, drut ‘dear’, ‘beloved’). English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in France called Dreux, from the Gaulish tribal name Durocasses. English (of Norman origin): habitational name, with the preposition de, from any of the numerous places in France named from Old French rieux ‘streams’. Irish: when not an adoption of the English surname, a reduced 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.

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

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

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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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 113 Drew families living in New Hampshire. This was about 19% of all the recorded Drew's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Drew families in 1840.
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What did your Drew ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Drew. 16% of Drew men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Drew women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Drew were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

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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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