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The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Derr. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, an increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland is the local name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of the village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Derr was given to someone who lived on or near muddy land. The name Derr is derived from the German word "dehre," which refers to a muddy place. There are also numerous places in Germany named Dehre and Dehrn.

Derr Early Origins



The surname Derr was first found in the Rhine region, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an unstable territorial profile.

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Derr Spelling Variations


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Derr Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Derr include Derr, Dehren, Der, Dair, Daer, Daere, Dehre, Dern and others.

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Derr Early History


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Derr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Derr research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Derr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Derr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Derr Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Derr were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Derr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Martin Derr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Sebastian Derr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Maria Eva Derr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Geo Michel Derr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Conrad Derr arrived in Philadelphia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Derr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Derr settled in Texas in 1830
  • James Derr, who landed in Texas in 1830
  • Nicholas Derr, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • William Derr settled in Philadelphia in 1852
  • Jacob Derr settled in Philadelphia in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Derr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Derr (post 1700)



  • Zac Derr, American football placekicker in the National Football League
  • Mark Derr, American author and journalist
  • John W. Derr (b. 1941), Maryland State Senator
  • Jill Mulvay Derr (b. 1948), American history professor
  • Helen Elizabeth Clark Derr (1918-2011), American nationally recognized journalist, religion writer, and editor
  • Richard Derr (1918-1992), American film and television actor
  • Manuela Derr (b. 1971), retired East German sprinter

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    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Derr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Derr 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 16 August 2014 at 05:28.

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