Show ContentsDurkan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Durkan family

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.

Early History of the Durkan family

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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.

Early Notables of the Durkan family (pre 1700)

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United States Durkan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durkan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Durkan, who settled in 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 settled in New York, NY in 1863
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Durkan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Joseph Durkan, who settled in Nebraska in 1919

Australia Durkan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Durkan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Durkan, (Durkin), (b. 1806), aged 32, Irish convict who was convicted in County Mayo, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th May 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died after arriving 1838 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Durkan (post 1700) +

  • Jenny A. Durkan, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [2]

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th February 2021). Retrieved from
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook