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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, German, Scottish


Though shrouded by the mists of time, the chronicles of Scotland reveal the early records of the Norman surname Duren which ranks as one of the oldest. The history of the name is interwoven within the colorful plaid of Scottish history and is an intrinsic part of the heritage of Scotland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Durand, Durant, Durande, Durrane and others.

First found in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Salop, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duren research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1296, 1632 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Duren History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Duren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duren Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Fra Duren, who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Durst Duren, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749

Duren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • W. H. Duren, who settled in San Francisco in 1851
  • Erasmus Hubert Duren, aged 10, arrived in Wisconsin in 1885

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  • Clarence Edward Duren (b. 1950), former professional American NFL football player
  • William Duren, American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1872-75
  • Turner A. Duren, American politician, Mayor of Largo, Florida, 1914-15
  • Joanne M. Duren, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly 50th District; Elected 1974
  • B. Kwaku Duren, American politician, Representative from California, 1986, 1988, 1992
  • Cristin Duren (b. 1981), American beauty queen from Panama City, Florida who has competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss USA pageants
  • Rinold George "Ryne" Duren (b. 1929), American former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball from Cazenovia, Wisconsin


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  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Duren Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Duren 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.

This page was last modified on 28 October 2015 at 11:00.

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