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The Picts, an ancient Scottish tribe, were the ancestors of the first person to use the name Duryee. It was a name for a person who held the office of Dereth.

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The surname Duryee was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Duryee has appeared Durie, Durray, Doray, Dorie, Durrie and others.


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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, 1296, 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 61 words (4 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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Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early 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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  • Jacob Eugene Duryée (1839-1918), Union Army lieutenant colonel during the American Civil War, son of Abram Duryée
  • Abram Duryée (1815-1890), Union Army general during the American Civil War
  • William B. C. Duryee, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Fernandina, 1905
  • Samuel Sloan Duryee, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Putnam County, 1932
  • Henry Duryee, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1836-38
  • George S. Duryee, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1878-79; U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, 1888-90
  • Daniel Duryee, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County, 1785-86
  • Charles C. Duryee, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Schenectady, New York, 1910-11
  • Abraham W. Duryee, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1864-65


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