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Gaelic is at the heart of all the Irish surnames that can be found throughout the world today. The original Gaelic form of the name Deren is O Deoradhain, which was later shortened to O Deorain. Both names are probably derived from the word deoradh, referring to an exile.
Early Origins of the Deren family
The surname Deren was first found in Leix
(Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland
, in Leinster
Province, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Deren family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deren research.Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1523, 1540, 1807, 1814, 1835, 1878, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Deren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deren Spelling Variations
The search for the origins of the name Deren family name revealed numerous spelling variations
. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Doran, Dorran, O'Doran, O'Deorain, Dorain, Doron and others.
Early Notables of the Deren family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Maurice Doran, Bishop of Leighlin who was murdered by his archdeacon in 1523; Charles Guilfoyle Doran (1835-1909), Irish... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deren family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Deren or a variant listed above: Bernard, Bridget, Daniel, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Martin, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Robert, Thomas, and William Doran, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..
Contemporary Notables of the name Deren (post 1700)
- Jeff Deren (b. 1981), American soccer player from Springfield, Massachusetts