Show ContentsDurate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Durate surname evolved from the Old French word "dur," meaning "hard," or "hardy." In some instances the name may have developed from the prefix "de" meaning "son of," as in de Huré becoming Duré.

Early Origins of the Durate family

The surname Durate was first found in Brittany, originally Armorica in ancient times, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Dol and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. They were anciently the Lords and Counts of Auvergne and Brettagne.

Early History of the Durate family

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Durate Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Duré, Dure, Durat, Durate, Duret, Durel, Durelle, Durette, Durot, Dureau, D'Huré, Hurette, Hureau, Hurel and many more.

Early Notables of the Durate family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was John Durel (1625-1683), Dean of Windsor, born at St. Heliers, Jersey, in 1625, and entered Merton College, Oxford, in...
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Migration of the Durate family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Durel, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1759; Roland Duret, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719; as well as George and Isabelle Girard Durelle, who came from La Rochelle to Canada..



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