Duredan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Duredan comes from the family having resided in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Duredan family

The surname Duredan was first found in Lancashire at Dearden, near Edenfield, Bury [1] where the name derives from the Old English word "deor" meaning "deer," and "denu", which meant "valley," collectively meaning "the valley of the deer."

Important Dates for the Duredan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duredan research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1130 are included under the topic Early Duredan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duredan Spelling Variations

Duredan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.

Early Notables of the Duredan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Duredan family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Duredans to arrive on North American shores: Richard Dearden who settled in Virginia in 1717; Harrison, John, William Deardon, settled in Philadelphia between 1860 and 1870.

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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)
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