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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)



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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 setted 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 setted in 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 setted in 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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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    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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