Darrah History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of first people to use the name Darrah. The name was found in Darroch in Stirlinghsire. The name could also be derived a form of the lost name MacDara which meant son of oak and others believe the name is from Dath riabhach. Literally, the name comes from the Gaelic "darach" which means "oak tree."

Early Origins of the Darrah family

The surname Darrah was first found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Darrah family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darrah research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1406, 1462, 1500, and 1784 are included under the topic Early Darrah History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darrah Spelling Variations

In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Darrah has appeared Darroch, Darrow, Darrach, Daroch, Darach, Darragh, Darrogh, Darrioch, Darraugh, Darrough and many more.

Early Notables of the Darrah family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Darrah family to Ireland

Some of the Darrah family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darrah migration to the United States

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Darrah:

Darrah Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Darrah, who arrived in New England in 1738 [1]
Darrah Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Darrah, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • John Darrah, aged 28, who landed in America from Antrim, in 1893
Darrah Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Darrah, aged 26, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1907
  • Mrs. B. W. Darrah, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Thomas W. Darrah, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1908
  • William Darrah, aged 23, who settled in America from Cummingstown, Ireland, in 1911
  • Charles Darrah, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States from Cheadle, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Darrah migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Darrah Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. Darrah, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Darrah (post 1700)

  • Laura Darrah, American Assistant Director at the Western Michigan University
  • William Lindsey "Bill" Darrah (1876-1920), American sheep rancher and stonemason known for his construction of lava rock water tanks in Idaho
  • Lydia Barrington Darrah (1728-1789), American woman said to have crossed British lines during the British occupation of Philadelphia, during the American Revolutionary War, and gave information to George Washington about the pending British attack
  • John W. Darrah (b. 1938), United States federal judge from Chicago, Illinois
  • Captain Charles John Darrah, Canadian Royal Engineer officer awarded the Crimean Campaign medal with Sebastopol bar, Turkish Crimean Campaign medal and the Abyssinian Campaign medal
  • William C. Darrah, Canadian Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia a the University of Toronto
  • James D. "Jim" Darrah (d. 2014), English actor, known for The Getaway (2002), Buying Porn (2007) and Fool Britannia (2012)
  • William Darrah Kelley (1814-1890), American Republican politician, State Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1846; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1861-90; Candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1868 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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