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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, French, Italian, Scottish


Though shrouded by the mists of time, the chronicles of Scotland reveal the early records of the Norman surname Durand which ranks as one of the oldest. The history of the name is interwoven within the colorful plaid of Scottish history and is an intrinsic part of the heritage of Scotland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Durand, Durant, Durande, Durrane and others.

First found in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Salop, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durand research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1296, 1632 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Durand History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durand Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Durand, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Durand who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Durand, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • William Durand, who landed in Maryland in 1648
  • Elizabeth Durand, who landed in Maryland in 1648-1649


Durand Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Louise Durand, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Marguerite Durand, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Marie Durand, who landed in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Marie Anne Durand, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Joseph Durand, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755


Durand Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Victor Durand, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • Nicholas Durand, aged 44, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Joachin Victor Durand, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1841
  • Charles Durand, aged 44, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Leame Durand, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1849


Durand Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Durand arrived in Canterbury aboard the ship "Hastings" in 1856
  • Mary Durand arrived in Canterbury aboard the ship "Hastings" in 1856
  • Sarah Ann Durand arrived in Canterbury aboard the ship "Hastings" in 1856

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  • Elias Durand (1794-1873), French-born, American pharmacist and botanist
  • William Durand Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Milford, 1830-31
  • Samuel Durand Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Milford, 1821-22, 1824, 1826-27, 1829
  • Lorenzo Thurston Durand (1849-1917), American Democrat politician, Saginaw County Prosecuting Attorney, 1879-82; Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1902; Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 10th Circuit, 1917
  • Howard W. Durand (b. 1860), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cheshire, 1919-20
  • Homer Durand, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Ohio, 1924
  • Helen Durand, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1972
  • George Harman Durand (1838-1903), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1875-77; Defeated, 1876
  • Frank Durand (1895-1978), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1930-31; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Monmouth County, 1933-38
  • Charles Durand, American politician, Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1875

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  • Durand Genealogy by Samuel R. Durand.
  • Genealogy of the Durand Family: A Record of the Descendants of Francis Joseph Durand by Celia C. Durand.
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  7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Durand Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durand Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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