Durman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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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Australia Durman migration to Australia +

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

Durman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Durman, (b. 1804), aged 27, British Convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for life for machine breaking, transported aboard the "Eleanor" on 26th June 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eleanor


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