This surname of DEROUEN was a Norman personal name, originally from the Germanic font name DROGO, which is of uncertain origin. The name was borne by one of the sons of Charlemagne, and was subsequently popular throughout France in the forms DREUS and DRUES. The name was introduced to England by the Normans, and DROGO de Monte Acuto (as his name appears in Latin) was a companion of Norman the Conqueror, and founder of the Montague family, among whom the given name DROGO was revived in the 19th century. The name has travelled widely in many forms which include DROUON, DROMPT, DEROUAN, DROUHET, DREWETT and DRUETT. Early records of the name mention Drogo (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. William Dru, was documented in the year 1275 in the County of Surrey. Willelmus Drue of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Drew, sonne of Nicholas Hewitt was buried at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1583. Drue Simmonds and Elizabeth Willington were married at St. Dionis, Backchurch, London in the year 1620. The name was taken early to Scotland. John Drew and James Drew, were tenants of the Bishop of Glasgow in 1512. Patrick Drew was renter of the land of Badirmonoch, Scotland in 1517. William Drew was a witness in Glasgow in 1552, and John Drew, a maltman became burgess freeman in Glasgow in 1577. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. America was colonized by peoples from all over the world in a very short period of time, and mostly, in the case of French immigrants they have stayed together in Louisiana. Of the early immigrants to America the French have fared the worst in respect of their names, chiefly because of the difficulties experienced by the Americans in pronouncing them correctly. Many have been translated into English names.
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