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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.

Durant Early Origins



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.

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Durant Spelling Variations


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Durant Spelling Variations



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

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Durant Early History


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Durant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durant research. Another 221 words (16 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.

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Durant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durant Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Jo Durant, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Tho Durant, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • George Durant, who arrived in North Carolina in 1661
  • George Durant, who came to 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

Durant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Durant, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Thomas Durant, who arrived in New York, NY in 1827
  • Domingo Durant, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Emanuel Durant, aged 45, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • Gabriel Durant, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Durant Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Durant, aged 21, landed in Canada in 1657

Durant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Durie U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Durant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Susannah Durant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durant (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • William Crapo "Billy" Durant (1861-1947), leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry, the founder of General Motors and Chevrolet
  • Clark Durant (b. 1949), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Board of Education, 1995-99; Resigned 1999
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Durant


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Suggested Readings for the name Durant



  • 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.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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The Durant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durant 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.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 15:08.

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