Darwent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Darwent is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived beside the river Darwen or Derwent in Lancashire. "Over and Lower Darwen are towns in the ancient parish of Blackburn, Lancashire, so called because located on the small stream the Darwen, a variation of the common river name Derwent. " [1]

Early Origins of the Darwent family

The surname Darwent was first found in Lancashire. The baptismal name Derewen was found in the Domesday Book. [2] One of the first listings of the family was found in Oxfordshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Years later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Robertus Darwent and Henricus Darwent, walker. [1]

"The family home of the Darwins in the 17th century was at Cleaton in Lincolnshire, and at Elston in Nottinghamshire. From this stock sprang, last century, the noted Derbyshire Darwins, to which branch Charles Darwin, the great naturalist, belonged. " [3]

Robert Darwin of Elston (1682-1754) was an English physician who discovered the first remains of a Jurassic reptile in 1718 in a stone from a quarry at Fulbeck. He was the ancestor of the famed naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882.)

Early History of the Darwent family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darwent research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1731, 1802, 1809, 1882, 1644, 1620, 1731 and 1802 are included under the topic Early Darwent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darwent Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Darwent family name include Darwin, Darwen, Derwent, Darwent and others.

Early Notables of the Darwent family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Darwin (d. 1644) who possessed a small estate at Cleatham, and was yeoman of the armoury at Greenwich to James I and Charles I. His son William (b. 1620) served in the Royalist Army, and afterwards became a barrister and recorder of Lincoln and married the daughter of Erasmus Earle, serjeant-at-law. His...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Darwent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Darwent migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Darwent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Darwent, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Darwent (post 1700) +

  • Rev. Frederick Darwent, of Liverpool


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.


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