Derden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Derden is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Derden family
The surname Derden was first found in Lancashire at Dearden, near Edenfield, Bury  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 Derden family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Derden research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1130 are included under the topic Early Derden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Derden Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Derden has been spelled many different ways, including Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.
Early Notables of the Derden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Derden family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Derdens to arrive in North America: Richard Dearden who settled in Virginia in 1717; Harrison, John, William Deardon, settled in Philadelphia between 1860 and 1870.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)