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Durnford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Durnford is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo Saxon tribes of Britain. The first people to bear this distinguished name lived in the civil parish of Great and Little Durnford on the river Avon in Wiltshire. The name Durnford derives from the Anglo-Saxon words "dierne ford" for "hidden ford" for the hidden crossing over the nearby river Avon.

Early Origins of the Durnford family


The surname Durnford was first found in Wiltshire where Roger de Derneford (b. 1135) held the fifth part of a knight's fee in 1165. His father was born in 1090 in that area but his grandfather was born in 1040 in Normandy. Roger de Derneford was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1190. This "Roger" may be the same as the aforementioned. A few years later, William de Durneford was listed in another census in 1255.

Early History of the Durnford family


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Durnford Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Durnford, Darnford, Dornford and others.

Early Notables of the Durnford family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Durnford family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durnford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Lucas Durnford, aged 45, who arrived in Connecticut in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • P Durnford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Durnford, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1868 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Emeline M Durnford, aged 16, who landed in New York in 1868 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Durnford, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1868 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Durnford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Durnford, aged 40, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  • W. Durnford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  • Martha Durnford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  • William Durnford, aged 21, a plumber, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1855.shtml.

Contemporary Notables of the name Durnford (post 1700)


  • The Rt Rev Richard Durnford, Bishop of Chichester from 1870 to 1895
  • General Edward William Durnford (1803-1889), Commanding Royal Engineer in Ireland from 1860 to 1866
  • Major General Elias Walker Durnford (d. 1849), Commanding Engineer for Upper and Lower Canada from 1816 to 1831
  • Elias Durnford (1739-1794), Commanding Engineer and Surveyor-General of West Florida, Lieutenant-Governor of Florida
  • Colonel Antony William Durnford (1830-1879), British Army officer who served in the Anglo-Zulu War, eponym of Fort Durnford, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1855.shtml.

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