Dearen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dearen is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dearen family lived in Kent, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Dearen family

The surname Dearen was first found in Kent where the family claim descendancy from "Norman de Morinis, whose ancestor, Vitalis FitzOsbert, lived in the reign of Henry II. Norman de Morinis married the daughter of Deringus, descended from the Norman Fitz-Dering, Sheriff of this county in King Stephens' reign. " [1]

Derrington is a village west of the town of Stafford, in Staffordshire. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Dodintone and literally meant "estate associated with a man called Dod(d)a or Dud(d)a" from the Old English personal name + "-ing" + "tun." [2]

Early History of the Dearen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dearen research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1540, 1576, 1636, 1598, 1644, 1629, 1625, 1684, 1660, 1662, 1670, 1650, 1689, 1679, 1685, 1679, 1711 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Dearen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dearen Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Dearen are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dearen include Dering, Deareing, Dearing, Deering, Derringer and many more.

Early Notables of the Dearen family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Dering (1540?-1576), English Puritan divine who was descended from an ancient and still existing Kentish family, which claims to be of Saxon origin, was the third son of John Dering, Esq., of Surrenden-Dering, Kent. [3] Sir Anthony Dering of Surrenden Dering in Pluckley, Kent (d.1636) was an early peer. His son, Sir Edward Dering (1598-1644), was an English antiquary and politician, Member of Parliament for Hythe and Kent (1629), also known for his Dering Roll, a 13th century Roll of arms, believed to be the earliest surviving English roll of arms currently owned...
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Ireland Migration of the Dearen family to Ireland

Some of the Dearen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dearen family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Dearen, or a variant listed above: Thomas Deering, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; Samuel Deering, who settled in Braintree, MA in 1649; Sarah Dearing, who settled in Boston in 1679; Edmund Deering, who settled in Virginia in 1653.



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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