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The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Durnian was O Duirnin or O Dornian, possibly derived from the word "dorn," which means "fist."

Durnian Early Origins



The surname Durnian 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.

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Durnian Spelling Variations


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Durnian Spelling Variations



Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Durnian were found in the archives researched. These included Durnan, Durnane, Durneen, Durnin, Durnain, Dornan, Dornain and many more.

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Durnian Early History


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Durnian Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durnian research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1596 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Durnian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durnian Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durnian Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North Ameri ca. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Durnian or a variant listed above, including:

Durnian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Durnian, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Donegal, in 1898

Durnian Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Durnian, aged 26, who landed in America from Fermanagh, in 1901
  • John Durnian, aged 35, who settled in America from Pettigo, Ireland, in 1911
  • Helen Durnian, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Lisbellow, Ireland, in 1914
  • Charles Durnian, aged 21, who landed in America from Plean, Scotland, in 1924

Durnian Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Durnian, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Betty Durnian, aged 3 months, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Thomas Durnian, aged 3 months, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    10. 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.
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    The Durnian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durnian 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 21 February 2016 at 20:17.

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