Early Origins of the Dirward family
The surname Dirward was first found in the Valley of the River Dee, where they held a family seat
in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland
. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated with the de Lundins. Whether the name was an office to which Alan Durward, son of de Lundin, succeeded in 1204, or whether it was a Norman noble, Reiner Dureward from Norfolk
who moved north at this time conjectural. However, Alan married an natural born daughter of King Alexander of Scotland
and eventually became Regent and justicair of Scotland. He was immortalized by Walter Scott. On his death his lands were divided between three daughters. Later several lines descended in Scotland
but the name continued to flourish to the south in Essex
where Geofry Durward was recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls
Early History of the Dirward family
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Dirward Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Dorward, Dorward, Durwood, Dorwood, Dyrwood, Dyrward, Dirward and many more.
Early Notables of the Dirward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dirward family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Tho Dorwood, who came to Virginia in 1657.