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About the study
Historical occurrences of the name
Probably the most famous bearer of the DRINKWATER surname is John Drinkwater (1882-1937). Born in Leytonstone, England , John was a poet, author, playwright and thespian. Probably his most famous work was his play, Abraham Lincoln (1918).
Another famous author is Carol Drinkwater. She was born in London in 1948. She is known for her Olive Series and various children's books. She is also an actress, starring on both the small and large screens.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Colonel John Drinkwater Bethune (1762-1844), he was an Army officer and military historian. He is best known for the journal he kept during the 'Great Siege of Gibraltar', which he later published.
Distribution of the name
The surname DRINKWATER, according to The National Trust website, was most common (in 1881) in the counties of Warrington and Worcester, in England.
PublicProfiler.com shows that DRINKWATER is most heavily concentrated in the UK, followed by Canada and Australia.