Dandurand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The region of Dauphine, in the French Alps, was the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname Dandurand. The surname Dandurand is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames. This particular surname was originally derived from the Old French word durant, which means enduring. It was a nickname commonly used for a stubborn, unbending person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Dandurand family

The surname Dandurand was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family dates back to as early as 1095 when a member of the De Durand family took part in a Crusade. Ponce De Durant and Humbert, his brother, are mentioned in two charters dating 1188 and 1205.

Many members of this ancient family took part in the wars of their times, protecting the King and their country, for which they were rewarded with lands and titles. The son of Ponce, Pierre I De Durant (1175-1256) was a Lord who controlled much land in Chabeuil. In 1380, Noble Simon is mentioned in the ancient archives as a taxpayer and landowner. A prominent member of the family, Reymond De Durand served with distinction in the armies of Louis XI and of Charles VIII and in consideration of his loyal services, the latter King granted him the title of Guard of the castle of Perpignan in 1485, at which time the castle was of great importance for the State.

Charles Durand, Gentleman of the Chamber, married Anne de Bonne de Sénégas in 1566 and their grand-son, Charles, was the Baron of Sénégas and the ancestor of the Marquis of Sénégas. The majority of the members of the Durand family held lands and titles.

Nicolas Durand, born in 1637, son of Pierre and Nicole (née Prevost), travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Françoise Gausse, daughter of Maurice and Marguerite (née Blay), on 12th September 1661. They remained together in Beauport, Quebec until Françoise passed away on 9th March 1714. [1]

Important Dates for the Dandurand family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dandurand research. Another 24 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1589, 1500, 1600, 1721, 1815, 1789 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Dandurand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dandurand Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Durand, Durant, Durrand, Durrant, Durant, Durrant, Durend, Durrend, Durent, Durrent, Duran, Durran, Duranc, Durranc, De Durand, De Durant, Duranti, De Durand, De Durant, Durante, Durrante, Durande and many more.

Early Notables of the Dandurand family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean-Etienne Duranti who received his Doctorate of Law, became the Attorney General, and the President of the Parliament of Toulouse, but was murdered by members of a league on February 16, 1589. His bust is at the Salle des Illustres and a street in Toulouse carries his name. Guillaume De Durant was the Lord of Montgeard and of Caneville and received his Doctorate of Law in the mid 1500's. Participating in the political affairs of the times, Paul De Durand, Lord of Roquefoulet and of Montgeard, was the President of the Parliament during...
Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dandurand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dandurand migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dandurand Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Oliver Dandurand, aged 38, originally from England, who arrived in New York in 1900 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from Southampton, England [2]
  • Sarah Dandurand, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Queenstown, Ireland [3]
  • Raoul Dandurand, aged 43, originally from Montreal, Canada, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Havre, France [4]
  • Mrs Raoul Dandurand, aged 43, originally from Montreal, Canada, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Havre, France [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dandurand (post 1700)

  • Léo Dandurand (1889-1964), American-born, Canadian ice hockey coach, owner and coach of the NHL Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Alouettes football team
  • Yvon Dandurand, Canadian criminologist
  • Raoul Dandurand (1861-1942), Canadian politician, Senator for De Lorimier, Quebec (1898-1942)
  • Joseph A. Dandurand, Canadian Kwantlen Aboriginal poet, playwright, and archaeologist

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Citations

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXD7-L5Q : 6 December 2014), Oliver Dandurand, 23 Sep 1900; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Paul, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPP-XT5 : 6 December 2014), Sarah Dandurand, 15 Aug 1908; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Lucania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFSS-SZD : 6 December 2014), Raoul Dandurand, 16 Jan 1909; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFSS-SZ6 : 6 December 2014), Mrs Raoul Dandurand, 16 Jan 1909; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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