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The ancestors of the name Durden date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Durden family lived in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.

Durden Early Origins



The surname Durden was first found in Lancashire at Dearden, near Edenfield, Bury [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
where the name derives from the Old English word "deor" meaning "deer," and "denu", which meant "valley," collectively meaning "the valley of the deer."

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Durden Spelling Variations


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Durden Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Durden are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Durden include: Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.

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Durden Early History


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Durden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durden research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1130 are included under the topic Early Durden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durden Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Durden 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Durden or a variant listed above:

Durden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Durden, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Durden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ernest Joseph Durden, aged 23, who landed in America from Croydon, England, in 1905
  • Harry P. Durden, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1908
  • John W. Durden, aged 25, who settled in America from Wigan, England, in 1908
  • Mary E. Durden, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Wigan, England, in 1908
  • Thomas Durden, aged 3, who emigrated to America from Wigan, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Durden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Durden, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"
  • James Durden, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Esther Durden, aged 21, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durden (post 1700)



  • William G. Durden, President of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • Reggie Durden (b. 1976), American-born, former Canadian Football League defensive back
  • Brandon Durden (b. 1984), American Minor League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher
  • Benji Durden (b. 1951), American coach of elite runners, member of the 1980 Summer Olympics team
  • James P. Durden, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1938
  • A. N. Durden, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1940
  • Jonathan Durden (b. 1957), English millionaire, businessman, and journalist

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Motto


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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: Dum Spiro Spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

The Durden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durden 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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