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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Dirk, Dirke, Dirkes, Dirks, Dirck, Durk, Durck, Durke, van Dirk, Dirike, Dierkes and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durkee research. Another 260 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1846 is included under the topic Early Durkee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Durkee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Aeltje Dirck, who settled in New York, NY in 1658; Engeltie Dirkse, who arrived in New York sometime between 1677 and 1678; John Adam Durck, who came to London, Eng. in 1709.

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The Durkee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durkee 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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