Duran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Duran comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is ez.

Early Origins of the Duran family

The surname Duran was first found in Galicia, where the Celts and the Swabians, a Germanic tribe, had settled.

Early History of the Duran family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duran research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 123 and 1230 are included under the topic Early Duran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duran Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Durán, Duran and others.

Early Notables of the Duran family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Duran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duran Ranking

In the United States, the name Duran is the 601st most popular surname with an estimated 49,740 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Duran is ranked the 1,322nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,288 people with that name. [2]


United States Duran migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duran Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Diego Durán, who settled in America in 1510
  • Rodrigo Durán, who arrived in Cartagena in 1534
  • Juan Durán, who arrived in Mexico in 1563
  • Juan Duran, who arrived in Peru in 1565
  • Diego Durán, who settled in Mexico and wrote a "History of the Indies of New Spain" based on Mexican legends. He died in Mexico in 1588
Duran Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Duran, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [3]
Duran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Duran, who arrived in New Jersey in 1738-1739 [3]
  • Charles Duran, who lived in New Jersey from 1738-1739
  • Joseph Duran, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [3]
  • Paul Duran, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [3]
  • Gregorio Durán, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife Ana
Duran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Salvador Duran, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802 [3]
  • Jose Maria Duran, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804 [3]
  • Tiburcio Duran, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1809 [3]
  • Diego Duran, who landed in America in 1810 [3]
  • Garcia Duran, who arrived in America in 1812 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Duran migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Duran Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Diego Durán, who arrived in the Dominican Republic in 1535
Duran Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Andres Duran, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1836 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Duran (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Manuel Durán, American university professor
  • Willis H. Duran, American Republican politician, Mayor of Westbrook, Maine, 1920 [5]
  • Nicholas Duran, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008 [5]
  • Katherine Duran, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for New Mexico, 2012 [5]
  • Juan J. Duran, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1916 [5]
  • John J. Duran, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2008 [5]
  • Ingrid Duran, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [5]
  • Efrain A. Duran, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964 [5]
  • Crisanta Duran, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008 [5]
  • Apolonio Duran, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1948 [5]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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