Dreyer Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Dreher, Drayer, Dryer, Dreier, Kreyer, Heyer, Preyer, Troyer, Geyer

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Dreyer Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dreyer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Dreyer Family Origin

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Dreyer Family Occupations

What did your Dreyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dreyer occupation in the UK was House Decorator & C. 100% of Dreyer's were House Decorator & Cs.

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  • House Decorator & C


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Dreyer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Dreyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dreyer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Dreyer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Dreyer. For the veterans among your Dreyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dreyer Life Expectancy

What is the average Dreyer lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Dreyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dreyer in 1948 was 37, and 81 in 2004.

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