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Dreyer family

There are 7,414 people with the Dreyer surname on MyHeritage.com
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Where do people with the Dreyer surname come from:
USA
 (54%)
South Africa
 (11%)
Great Britain
 (6%)
Norway
 (5%)
Germany
 (5%)
Brazil
 (3%)
Denmark
 (3%)
France
 (2%)
Australia
 (2%)
Canada
 (2%)
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The meaning of the name Dreyer:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Yiddish dreyer ‘turner’, or a nickname from a homonym meaning ‘swindler, cheat’.
  4. English: variant spelling of Dryer.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, Mar 2003
Most popular first names with surname Dreyer:
Albert Dreyer   Alfred Dreyer   Anna Dreyer   Caroline Dreyer   Catharina Dreyer   Henry Dreyer   Johann Dreyer   Johannes Dreyer   John Dreyer   Louise Dreyer   Maria Dreyer   Nadezhda Dreyer   Veronica Dreyer   William Dreyer  
Family sites on MyHeritage with the last name Dreyer:
Dreyer Web Site, 23 members
Pfeiffer Dreyer Nel Family Website, 9 members
Dreyer Web Site, 5 members
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