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The Durkin surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Duarcáin.

Durkin Early Origins



The surname Durkin was first found in north Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat as Chiefs of their race. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Sligo where seated and represented the first recorded reference to the name by Sineall, son of Cassan. They were descended through the MacNamara line from the O'Brien Kings of Ireland.

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Durkin Spelling Variations


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Durkin Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Durkin, Durkan, Dorcan, McDurkin, McDorcan, McDurkan, Gurkin, McGurkin, O'Durkin, O'Durcan and many more.

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Durkin Early History


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Durkin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durkin research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durkin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durkin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Durkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Annie Durkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1670

Durkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Durkin, who came to Philadelphia in 1844
  • Catharine Durkin, who came to New York in 1864
  • Ann Durkin, who settled in New York in 1864
  • Ann Durkin, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Catharine Durkin, aged 30, landed in New York in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Durkin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Mary Durkin, aged 30 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Munn" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  • Mr. Peter Durkin, aged 20 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sarah" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durkin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durkin (post 1700)



  • Shevonne Durkin (b. 1969), American actress, perhpas best known for her starring role in the 1994 horror movie Leprechaun 2
  • Raymond M. 'Ray' Durkin (b. 1936), American Democratic party politician, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (1985-1990)
  • Trent Bernard "Junior" Durkin (1915-1935), American stage and film actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Huckleberry Finn in Tom Sawyer (1930), and Huckleberry Finn (1931)
  • John Anthony Durkin (1936-2012), American politician, Democratic U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (1975 to 1980)
  • Master Sergeant William Lloyd Durkin (1916-2006), American Marine who became famous for rescuing Howard Hughes when the aviation pioneer's XF-11 reconnaissance plane crashed on July 7, 1946
  • Tom Durkin (b. 1950), American sportscaster specializing in Thoroughbred horse racing
  • Martin Patrick Durkin (1894-1955), American administrator, 7th Secretary of Labor in 1953, known as the "plumber" of President Dwight Eisenhower's "Nine Millionaires and a Plumber" cabinet
  • Jim Durkin (b. 1961), American politician, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives (2013-)
  • Edward J. Durkin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940
  • Gerald F. Durkin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Durkin Historic Events


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Durkin Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Durkin, British Café Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Roy M Durkin, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Durkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durkin 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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