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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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You can see how Dreyer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dreyer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dreyer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 29 Dreyer families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Dreyer's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dreyer families in 1911.
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What did your Dreyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Dreyer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

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

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Draft Cards

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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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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