Origins Available: English
The origins of the Durman surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a brave or bold man. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the word deor,
which meant wild animal, or brave, or bold, and mann,
for man. Thus, the name meant "wild man," or "brave man." Conflicting records show the name was a baptismal in origin as in the son of Dereman
and evidence points to the Domesday Book
where Dereman and Derman was found. In the scenario, the name was an expression of affection.
Early Origins of the Durman family
The surname Durman was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Durman family
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Durman Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Durman has been recorded under many different variations, including Dearman, Deerman, Dereman, Derman, Durman and others.
Early Notables of the Durman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Durman family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Durman or a variant listed above: Charles Dearman who settled in Philadelphia in 1858; Henry and Joseph Dearmon settled in Willington Del. in 1789; James Dearmand settled in Barnstable Massachusetts in 1822..