Duerdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the name Duerdon date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Duerdon family
The surname Duerdon was first found in Lancashire at Dearden, near Edenfield, Bury  where the name derives from the Old English word "deor" meaning "deer," and "denu", which meant "valley," collectively meaning "the valley of the deer."
Early History of the Duerdon family
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Duerdon Spelling Variations
Duerdon has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Duerdon have been found, including Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.
Early Notables of the Duerdon family (pre 1700)
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Duerdon migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Duerdons to arrive on North American shores:
Duerdon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edmundson Duerdon, who landed in New York in 1868 
- Martha Duerdon, aged 15, who arrived in New York in 1868 
- Nephi Duerdon, aged 7, who landed in New York in 1868 
- Richard Duerdon, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1868 
- Sarah Duerdon, aged 34, who landed in New York in 1868 
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The Duerdon Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dum Spiro Spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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)