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Dirwood Early Origins



The surname Dirwood 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 of 1273.

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Dirwood Early History


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Dirwood Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dirwood research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1465 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Dirwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dirwood Spelling Variations


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Dirwood Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Dorward, Dorward, Durwood, Dorwood, Dyrwood, Dyrward, Dirward and many more.

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Dirwood Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dirwood Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Tho Dorwood, who came to Virginia in 1657.

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