Dure History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Dure 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 Dure family
The surname Dure 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 Dure family
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Dure 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 Dure family (pre 1700)
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Dure migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dure Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Dure, who arrived in Maryland in 1683 
Dure Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francis Dure, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1837 
- ^ 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)