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

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the forefathers of the Duryee family. It is a name for a person who held the office of Dereth.

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Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Duryee has been written Durie, Durray, Doray, Dorie, Durrie and others.

First found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duryee research. Another 597 words(43 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1st , 1296, 1st , 1464, 1519, 1526, 1564, 1555, 1616, 1596 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Duryee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Duryee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Duryee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Duryee: John Durie who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620; Isabel Durie settled in New Jersey in 1686; Jacob Durie settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738..

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  • Abram Duryée (1815-1890), Union Army general during the American Civil War
  • Jacob Eugene Duryée (1839-1918), Union Army lieutenant colonel during the American Civil War, son of Abram Duryée


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