The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Durnan was O Duirnin or O Dornian, possibly derived from the word "dorn," which means "fist."
Early Origins of the Durnan family
The surname Durnan was first found in County Antrim
(Irish: Aontroim) located in the province of Ulster
in present day Northern Ireland
, where they had been anciently seated for many centuries and held territories in that county.
Early History of the Durnan family
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Durnan Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Durnan revealed spelling variations
, including Durnan, Durnane, Durneen, Durnin, Durnain, Dornan, Dornain and many more.
Early Notables of the Durnan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Durnan family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families
sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Durnan:
Durnan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Nicholas Durnan who settled in Virginia in 1734
Durnan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Ms. Mary Durnan, aged 21 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Thistle" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 CITATION[CLOSE]
Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
Contemporary Notables of the name Durnan (post 1700)
- William Ronald Durnan (1916-1972), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL)
- Vincent Walter Durnan, Dean of Boston College