Dureham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Dureham surname is a habitational name, originally taken on from the city of Durham, in northeastern England. This place name comes from the Old English "dun," meaning "hil." Another source claims the name "is derived from the Saxon Bun and holm, a town in a wood." 
Early Origins of the Dureham family
The surname Dureham was first found in " Durham in the north of England, anciently Dunhelm or Dunholm."   The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Walter de Durham and William de Dureham in London and John de Durame in Essex.  By far the lion's share of records are found north in Scotland where "Robertus de Durham was one of twelve Scots knights appointed to settle the laws of the marches in 1249. The seal of Walter Durham of Dumfriesshire who rendered homage in 1290 reads S' Valteri Dwrant. " 
Important Dates for the Dureham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dureham research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1296, 1565 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Dureham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dureham Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Durham, Durehame, Durrame, Dirom and others.
Early Notables of the Dureham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dureham family to Ireland
Some of the Dureham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dureham family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Durham who settled in Virginia in 1653; Robert Durham, who settled in Maryland in 1729 with his wife Elizabeth; George Durham, who settled in Virginia in 1721.
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