Show ContentsDurante History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of Dauphine, in the French Alps, was the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname Durante. The surname Durante is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames. This particular surname was originally derived from the Old French word durant, which means enduring. It was a nickname commonly used for a stubborn, unbending person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Durante family

The surname Durante was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family dates back to as early as 1095 when a member of the De Durand family took part in a Crusade. Ponce De Durant and Humbert, his brother, are mentioned in two charters dating 1188 and 1205.

Many members of this ancient family took part in the wars of their times, protecting the King and their country, for which they were rewarded with lands and titles. The son of Ponce, Pierre I De Durant (1175-1256) was a Lord who controlled much land in Chabeuil. In 1380, Noble Simon is mentioned in the ancient archives as a taxpayer and landowner. A prominent member of the family, Reymond De Durand served with distinction in the armies of Louis XI and of Charles VIII and in consideration of his loyal services, the latter King granted him the title of Guard of the castle of Perpignan in 1485, at which time the castle was of great importance for the State.

Charles Durand, Gentleman of the Chamber, married Anne de Bonne de Sénégas in 1566 and their grand-son, Charles, was the Baron of Sénégas and the ancestor of the Marquis of Sénégas. The majority of the members of the Durand family held lands and titles.

Nicolas Durand, born in 1637, son of Pierre and Nicole (née Prevost), travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Françoise Gausse, daughter of Maurice and Marguerite (née Blay), on 12th September 1661. They remained together in Beauport, Quebec until Françoise passed away on 9th March 1714. [1]

Early History of the Durante family

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Durante Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Durand, Durant, Durrand, Durrant, Durant, Durrant, Durend, Durrend, Durent, Durrent, Duran, Durran, Duranc, Durranc, De Durand, De Durant, Duranti, De Durand, De Durant, Durante, Durrante, Durande and many more.

Early Notables of the Durante family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean-Etienne Duranti who received his Doctorate of Law, became the Attorney General, and the President of the Parliament of Toulouse, but was murdered by members of a league on February 16, 1589. His bust is at the Salle des Illustres and a street in Toulouse carries his name. Guillaume De Durant was the Lord of Montgeard and of Caneville and received his Doctorate of Law in the mid 1500's. Participating in the political affairs of the times, Paul De Durand, Lord of Roquefoulet and of Montgeard, was the President of the Parliament during...
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Durante Ranking

In the United States, the name Durante is the 9,982nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Durante migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durante Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Durante, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Antonetia Flocco Durante, aged 27, who settled in America from Napoli, in 1898
Durante Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angela Durante, aged 27, who landed in America from Secondigliano, Italy, in 1906
  • Andrea Durante, aged 23, who landed in America from Fecarazzi, Palermo, in 1909
  • Angelo Durante, who landed in America from Marcone, Italy, in 1910
  • Achille Durante, aged 29, who landed in America from Borbona, Italy, in 1911
  • Alfredo Durante, aged 18, who settled in America from Paliano, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Durante (post 1700) +

  • James Francis "Jimmy" Durante (1893-1980), American singer, pianist, comedian and actor
  • Georgia Durante, founder and President of Performance Two, Inc, one of Hollywood's most relied on stunt and precision driving companies
  • David Durante (b. 1980), American Olympic artistic gymnast
  • Anthony Durante (1967-2003), American professional wrestler
  • John J. Durante, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972; Presidential Elector for New York, 1972 [3]
  • Joan M. Durante, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 11th District; Elected 2001 [3]
  • Carlo Durante (1946-2020), Italian gold, silver and bronze medalist Paralympic athlete who mainly competed in category T11 marathon events
  • Viviana Durante (b. 1967), Italian-born, English prima ballerina
  • Richard Durante (b. 1930), Canadian politician
  • Eli Durante, Brazilian footballer
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The Durante 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: Fert patriae facilem annonam
Motto Translation: Brings the country an easy market

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook