Deardant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Deardant family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Deardant family

The surname Deardant was first found in Lancashire at Dearden, near Edenfield, Bury [1] where the name derives from the Old English word "deor" meaning "deer," and "denu", which meant "valley," collectively meaning "the valley of the deer."

Important Dates for the Deardant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deardant research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1130 are included under the topic Early Deardant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deardant Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Deardant include Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.

Early Notables of the Deardant family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Deardant family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Deardant or a variant listed above: Richard Dearden who settled in Virginia in 1717; Harrison, John, William Deardon, settled in Philadelphia between 1860 and 1870.

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Citations

  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)
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