Derry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Derry can come from both the original Irish surnames O Daighre and O Doireidh. The names Derry and Deery are used synonymously, but originally the name Derry came from O Doireidh, and Deery from O Daighre.

Early Origins of the Derry family

The surname Derry was first found in north-west Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where the O Daighre were the erenagh family of Derry Church and the O Doireidh were the erenagh family of nearby Donaghmore in the diocese of Raphoe in Donegal. In 1609, the O Doireidh family were listed as erenagh of Columbkil, where in the 13th century Maeliosa O Dioreidh was bishop.

Important Dates for the Derry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Derry research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1576, 1609, 1663, 1666, 1671, 1801, 1820, 1847, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Derry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Derry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Derry, Deery, O'Derry, O'Deery, O'Diera, O'Deary and many more.

Early Notables of the Derry family (pre 1700)

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Derry migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Derry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Derry, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [1]
  • Orsell Derry, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [1]
Derry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Derry, who landed in America in 1764 [1]
Derry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Valentine Derry, who settled in New York in 1808
  • Valentine Derry, who arrived in New York in 1809 [1]
  • John Derry, aged 48, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]

Derry migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Derry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. London Derry U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 [2]
Derry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Nancy Derry, who immigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • John Derry, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Mr. Jerry Derry, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Flora Hastings" departing 11th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. John Derry, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Flora Hastings" departing 11th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but he died on board [3]

Derry migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Derry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Derry, (b. 1823), aged 30, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 7th April 1853 aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 18th July 1853 [4]
  • Mrs. Margaret Derry, (b. 1833), aged 20, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 7th April 1853 aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 18th July 1853 [4]

Derry migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Derry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Fanny Derry, aged 30, a servant, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Mr. Henry Derry, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zambesi" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1863 [5]
  • Elias Derry, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Evens Derry, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Charles Derry, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Camperdown" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Derry (post 1700)

  • Robert D. Derry, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 10th District, 2004 [6]
  • Guy C. Derry, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1928, 1932 [7]
  • George Hermann Derry, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1940 [8]
  • George H. Derry, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 30th District, 1922 [8]
  • Charles H. Derry, American politician, U.S. Consul in Paris, 1929-32; Perth, 1938-40; Sydney, 1941-46 [9]
  • Alva Russell Derry (1916-2004), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Spencer John Derry (b. 1974), British artist
  • John Douglas Derry DFC (1921-1952), British test pilot, the first Briton to exceed the speed of sound
  • Duncan Ramsay Derry (b. 1906), Canadian geologist
  • Shaun Derry (b. 1977), English professional footballer

Historic Events for the Derry family

HMS Royal Oak
  • John Oswald Harold Derry (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 72)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Robert Derry. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Guy Derry. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) George Derry. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Charles Derry. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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