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Where did the Irish Derry family come from? What is the Irish Derry family crest and coat of arms? When did the Derry family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Derry family history?

The surname Derry can come from both the original Irish surnames O Daighre and O Doireidh. The names Derry and Deery are used synonymously, but originally the name Derry came from O Doireidh, and Deery from O Daighre.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Derry, Deery, O'Derry, O'Deery, O'Diera, O'Deary and many more.

First found in north-west Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where the O Daighre were the erenagh family of Derry Church and the O Doireidh were the erenagh family of nearby Donaghmore in the diocese of Raphoe in Donegal. In 1609, the O Doireidh family were listed as erenagh of Columbkil, where in the 13th century Maeliosa O Dioreidh was bishop.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Derry research. Another 391 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1576, 1609, 1663, 1666, 1671, 1801, 1820, 1847, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Derry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Derry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Derry Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robt Derry, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Orsell Derry, who landed in Virginia in 1656

Derry Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Derry, who landed in America in 1764

Derry Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Valentine Derry settled in New York in 1808
  • Valentine Derry, who arrived in New York in 1809
  • John Derry, aged 48, arrived in New York in 1812

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  • Alva Russell Derry (1916-2004), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Shaun Derry (b. 1977), English professional footballer
  • Duncan Ramsay Derry (b. 1906), Canadian geologist
  • John Douglas Derry DFC (1921-1952), British test pilot, the first Briton to exceed the speed of sound
  • Spencer John Derry (b. 1974), British artist


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The Derry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Derry Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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