Durant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Though shrouded by the mists of time, the chronicles of Scotland reveal the early records of the Norman surname Durant 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.

Early Origins of the Durant family

The surname Durant was 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.

Early History of the Durant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durant research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1296, 1632 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Durant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Durant Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Durant family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Durant migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Durant, who arrived in Maryland in 1648 [1]
  • Jo Durant, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Tho Durant, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [1]
  • George Durant, who arrived in North Carolina in 1661 [1]
  • George Durant, who settled in North Carolina in 1661
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Durant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Geo Peter Durant, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
Durant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Durant, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • Thomas Durant, who arrived in New York, NY in 1827 [1]
  • Domingo Durant, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Emanuel Durant, aged 45, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851 [1]
  • Gabriel Durant, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Durant migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durant Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Durant, aged 21, who landed in Canada in 1657
  • Mr. Jean Durant, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for Antoine Grignon, Pierre Gaigneur, and Jacques Massé, arriving on 3rd March 1657 [2]
Durant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Durie U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia Durant migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Durant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Susannah Durant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847 [4]

New Zealand Durant migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Durant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Durant, (b. 1833), aged 32, Cornish settler departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [5]
  • Miss Elizabeth Durant, (b. 1864), aged 7 months, Cornish settler departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [5]
  • Miss Margaret Durant, (b. 1863), aged 2, Cornish settler departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Durant, (b. 1834), aged 31, Cornish blacksmith departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Durant, (b. 1861), aged 4, Cornish settler departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Durant (post 1700) +

  • William James Durant (1885-1981), American author who shared the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction with his wife Ariel and later was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ford in 1977
  • William Crapo "Billy" Durant (1861-1947), American leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry, founder of General Motors and Chevrolet
  • Ariel Durant (1898-1981), American author who shared the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction with her husband Will and later was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ford in 1977
  • Joseph Scott Durant (b. 1964), American professional PGA golfer
  • Michael J. "Mike" Durant (b. 1961), American pilot and author who was held prisoner for eleven days in 1993, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart, and many other honors
  • Don Durant (1932-2005), born Donald Allison Durae, an American actor and singer, best known for his role as the gunslinger-turned-sheriff in the CBS Western series Johnny Ringo (1959-1960)
  • Darian Bernard Durant (b. 1982), American CFL quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Thomas Clark Durant (1820-1885), American financier and railroad promoter, vice-president of the Union Pacific in 1869
  • Kevin Wayne Durant (b. 1988), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Edward W. Durant Jr., American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909 [6]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Bryan Cecil Durant, British Lieutenant Commander Navigation aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Durant +

  • 2224 "A Durant Family History, 1825-1972: A History of the English and American Descendants of Samuel and Amelia Durant of Bishop's Caundle, Dorset, England and of Their Descendants" by Alexander G. Rose, "The Durant Genealogy: A History of the Descendants of George and Elizabeth Durant of Malden, Mass. and Middletown, Conn." by William Durant.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847DavidMalcolm.htm
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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