Durey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the name Durey begins with the people of the Pictish clans. Durey was a name for a person who held the office of Dereth.

Early Origins of the Durey family

The surname Durey was first found in Fife, where "Durie, [is] an estate in the parish of Scoonie." [1]

Some of the first records of the family include: "Duncan de Durry witnessed a charter by Malise, earl of Strathem, c. 1258-1271. John Dury [who] was cleric in St. Andrews diocese, 1464, and Walter Doray [who] was one of the brethren of the Priory of Cupar, 1500. Mr. Andrew Dure was presented to the vicarage of Newtyle, 1519, George Dury witnessed a presentation in St. Andrews, 1526, and Joneta Durye had sasine of lands in Ayrshire, 1564. " [2]

Early History of the Durey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durey research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1296, 1464, 1519, 1526, 1564, 1650, 1555, 1616, 1596, 1680, 1558, 1496, 1561, 1527, 1530, 1587, 1537, 1600, 1537, 1596, 1680 and 1596 are included under the topic Early Durey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Durey Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Durey has been spelled Durie, Durray, Doray, Dorie, Durrie and others.

Early Notables of the Durey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Robert Durie (1555-1616), a Scottish Presbyterian minister; and his son, John Dury (1596-1680), a Scottish Calvinist minister and intellectual. He made efforts to re-unite the Calvinist and Lutheran wings of Protestantism. Andrew Durie (d. 1558), was Bishop of Galloway and Abbot of Melrose, the son of John Durie of Durie in Fife, and brother to George Durie. George Durie (1496-1561), was Abbot of Dunfermline and Archdeacon of St. Andrews. "From 1527 till 1530 he acted as judge and executor of the monastery of Arbroath. During...
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Durey Ranking

In France, the name Durey is the 7,909th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Durey family to Ireland

Some of the Durey 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 Durey family

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Durey: John Durie who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620; Isabel Durie settled in New Jersey in 1686; Jacob Durie settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738..


Contemporary Notables of the name Durey (post 1700) +

  • Lincoln Durey, American computer programmer and developer, founder of EmperorLinux, Inc. in 1999
  • Cyrus Durey (1864-1933), American Republican politician, Postmaster; U.S. Representative from New York 25th District, 1907-11; Defeated, 1910; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 14th New York District, 1911-14, 1921-33 [4]
  • Louis Edmond Durey (1888-1979), French composer from Paris; perhaps best known for his many piano works


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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