Show ContentsDurgan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Durgan 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Durgan family

The surname Durgan was first found in "Durham in the north of England, anciently Dunhelm or Dunholm." [2] [3] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Walter de Durham and William de Dureham in London and John de Durame in Essex. [4] 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. " [2]

Early History of the Durgan family

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Durgan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Durham, Durehame, Durrame, Dirom and others.

Early Notables of the Durgan family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Durhame, argentier to the king and queen in 1565; John Durham, English politician, Member of Parliament for Middlesex in 1399; and Alexander Durham, Minder of the Royal Mint. James Durham (1622-1658), was a Scottish covenanting divine...
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Durgan Ranking

In the United States, the name Durgan is the 16,182nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Durgan family to Ireland

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United States Durgan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durgan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Durgan, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1849 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Durgan (post 1700) +

  • George Richard Durgan (1872-1942), American politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana (1933-1935)
  • Jeffrey "Jeff" Durgan (b. 1961), American retired soccer defender who played for the United States National Team (1983-1985)
  • George Richard Durgan (1872-1942), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Lafayette, Indiana, 1904-13, 1917-25; U.S. Representative from Indiana 2nd District, 1933-35; Defeated, 1934 [7]

The Durgan Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ultra fert animus
Motto Translation: The mind bears onwards

  1. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. 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. Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook