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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Darwin surname lived beside the river Darwen or Derwent in Lancashire.

Darwin Early Origins



The surname Darwin was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Darwin Spelling Variations


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Darwin Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Darwin are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Darwin include: Darwin, Darwen, Derwent, Darwent and others.

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Darwin Early History


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Darwin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darwin research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1731, 1802, 1809 and 1882 are included under the topic Early Darwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Darwin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Darwin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Darwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Darwin or a variant listed above:

Darwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Darwin who settled in Barnstable Massachusetts in 1822
  • Lewis Darwin, who landed in New York in 1844

Darwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mr. William Henry Darwin, aged 25, a schoolmaster, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Darwin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Darwin (post 1700)



  • Francis "Frank" Darwin FRS (1848-1925), English botanist and son of Charles R. Darwin
  • Sir Horace Darwin KBE, FRS (1851-1928), English civil engineer and son of the English naturalist Charles Darwin
  • Sir Charles Galton Darwin KBE, MC, FRS (1887-1962), English physicist and grandson of Charles Darwin
  • George Howard Darwin FRS (1845-1912), English astronomer and mathematician
  • Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882), renowned English naturalist and thinker associated with the theory of evolution by natural selection
  • John Haddrick Darwin (1923-2008), Government Statistician of New Zealand from 1980 to 1984

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Darwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Darwin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 2 October 2014 at 09:56.

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