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The Durkan surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Duarcáin.

Durkan Early Origins



The surname Durkan was first found in north Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat as Chiefs of their race. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Sligo where seated and represented the first recorded reference to the name by Sineall, son of Cassan. They were descended through the MacNamara line from the O'Brien Kings of Ireland.

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Durkan Spelling Variations


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Durkan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Durkin, Durkan, Dorcan, McDurkin, McDorcan, McDurkan, Gurkin, McGurkin, O'Durkin, O'Durcan and many more.

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Durkan Early History


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Durkan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durkan research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durkan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durkan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durkan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Durkan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durkan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Durkan, who came to America in 1848
  • Edmond Durkan, who settled in Savannah, Georgia sometime between 1851 and 1853
  • Mathew Durkan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Dibby Durkan, who arrived in America sometime between 1854 and 1856
  • Anne Durkan, who came to New York, NY in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Durkan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Joseph Durkan, who came to Nebraska in 1919

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durkan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durkan (post 1700)



  • Jenny A. Durkan, American Democrat politician, Member, Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008

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Durkan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Durkan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durkan 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 4 November 2015 at 11:49.

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