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 Derren 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 Derren family
The surname Derren 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 Derren family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Derren 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 Derren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Derren Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations
during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Derren include Doran, Dorran, O'Doran, O'Deorain, Dorain, Doron and others.
Early Notables of the Derren 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 Derren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Derren family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Derren were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists: 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 Derren (post 1700)
- Derren Litten (b. 1970), English comedy writer and actor
- Derren Nesbitt (b. 1935), born Derren Michael Horwitz, English actor, best known for his role as SS Major von Hapen in Where Eagles Dare