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Durward Surname History




Early Origins of the Durward family


The surname Durward was first found in the Valley of the River Dee, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated with the de Lundins. Whether the name was an office to which Alan Durward, son of de Lundin, succeeded in 1204, or whether it was a Norman noble, Reiner Dureward from Norfolk who moved north at this time conjectural. However, Alan married an natural born daughter of King Alexander of Scotland and eventually became Regent and justicair of Scotland. He was immortalized by Walter Scott. On his death his lands were divided between three daughters. Later several lines descended in Scotland but the name continued to flourish to the south in Essex where Geofry Durward was recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.

Early History of the Durward family


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Durward Spelling Variations


Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of Durward have been recorded over the years, including Dorward, Dorward, Durwood, Dorwood, Dyrwood, Dyrward, Dirward and many more.

Early Notables of the Durward family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Durward family to the New World and Oceana


Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Durwards to arrive in North America:

Durward Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christina J. Durward, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Durward, aged 40, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1907
  • Grace Durward, aged 33, who landed in America from Monifieth, Scotland, in 1907
  • James Durward, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jane Durward, aged 27, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Durward (post 1700)


  • Bernard Isaac Durward, Scottish-born, American portrait painter who settled in what would become Durward's Glen, Wisconson, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • David Durward, Canadian Chief Commander of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
  • Stuart G Durward SC, Australian jurist, Judge of the District Court of Queensland
  • Homer Durward Kirby (1911-2000), American television host and announcer, best remembered for his work on The Garry Moore Show in the 1950s, and Candid Camera
  • Major-General William Durward Connor (1874-1960), American Chairman of the Construction Advisory Committee, War Department (1941-1942) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) William Connor. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Connor/William_Durward/USA.html
  • Sir Durward Randolph Knowles (1917-2018), Bahamian sailor, Olympic champion in 1964
  • Durward Howes, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Durward Grinstead, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Dresden, 1926; Hamburg, 1929 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Durward Lockhart, American Democrat politician, Chair of Clay County Democratic Party, 1955 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Durward Casteel, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) William Connor. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Connor/William_Durward/USA.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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